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1001 Books to read before you die

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1brakketh
Jul 2, 2018, 4:31pm Top

245 2/3. The Golden Bowl by Henry James.

Incredibly internal and intimate novel. I struggled with sections that felt meandering but overall I found it a very impressive work.

2brakketh
Jul 18, 2018, 6:32am Top

246 2/3. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Not to my taste sort of meandered along. Wrote this review before seeing the above. I think I might need to read some more modern literature for a while as I appear to have gone off the 'classics'.

3brakketh
Jul 30, 2018, 7:23am Top

247 2/3. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad.

Spy thriller that clearly heavily influenced le Carre. I really enjoyed the slow burn into incandescence.

4brakketh
Aug 3, 2018, 11:50am Top

248 2/3. London Fields by Martin Amis.

A frightful glimpse into the lower and criminalised middle class of London.

5brakketh
Aug 7, 2018, 5:42pm Top

249 2/3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Delightful and dense and beautiful to read. I found this thoroughly enjoyable and hope to come back to it in 10 years for a second read.

6brakketh
Edited: Sep 14, 2018, 5:18am Top

250 2/3. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence.

Enjoyed this slow meander through the three generations of the Brangwen family.

7brakketh
Sep 14, 2018, 5:18am Top

251 2/3. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence.

8brakketh
Oct 3, 2018, 5:19am Top

252 2/3. What Maisie Knew by Henry James.

Not sure what it was about this one but thus far my favourite of the James novels I've read. The story of Maisie stuck between her parents vitriol was somehow beautiful.

9brakketh
Dec 1, 2018, 2:25am Top

253 2/3. The enormous room by E. E. Cummings.

Amazing and enjoyable glimpse into the rich internal world of e.e. cummings.

10brakketh
Dec 4, 2018, 2:35am Top

254 2/3. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd.

Dyer, Hawksmoor, Dyer circling throughout the novel. Great fun and confusing with beautiful turns of phrase.

11brakketh
Dec 31, 2018, 3:26am Top

255 2/3. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Fascinating alternate history for World War II if American antisemitism was slightly more potent.

12brakketh
Feb 12, 6:15am Top

256 2/3. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

Lovely magical realism and wish I knew more about post-colonial India.

13brakketh
Feb 28, 4:18am Top

257 2/3. The Master by Colm Tóibín.

Compellingly realistic glimpse into a very believable inner life of Henry James.

14brakketh
Mar 23, 10:58pm Top

258 2/3. Moon Palace by Paul Auster.

Marco Stanley Fogg's search for identity through the various father (and father figures) relationships. Enjoyable slow burning novel with a sense of magic woven throughout.

15brakketh
Apr 2, 6:36am Top

259 2/3. The Information by Martin Amis.

16brakketh
May 25, 8:18am Top

260 2/3. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James.

Enjoyable fare, Americans in Europe.

17brakketh
Jul 19, 5:20am Top

261 2/3. Howards End by E. M. Forster.

18brakketh
Edited: Sep 21, 8:12am Top

262 2/3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Just amazing, I can see why it is often described as a foundation of the modern novel. In many ways it reads like it was written last week rather than more than 400 years ago.

EDIT Just watched the Terry Gillam "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", would highly recommend it as a great presentation of the story.

19brakketh
Sep 21, 8:11am Top

263 2/3. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott.

Having just been through Scotland the description of the highlands was enjoyably evocative for me. The setting during the Jacobite rising definitely piqued my interest in the relationship between Scotland and England.

20gypsysmom
Sep 21, 4:57pm Top

>19 brakketh: I also visited Scotland this year. I'll have to give this book a try because I also have an interest in the Jacobite wars.

21brakketh
Sep 23, 7:47am Top

>20 gypsysmom: Hope you find it calls to mind the Scottish countryside as strongly for you as it did for me.

22brakketh
Nov 8, 10:43pm Top

264 2/3. A Maggot by John Fowles.

Ever since reading The Collector for a school assignment I've had a soft spot for John Fowles writing. The style drawing from letters and interviews, the lack of resolution and just beautiful writing all made this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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