Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

This Eisner award-winning graphic novel is certainly not for children despite its very familiar characters. Our beloved fairy tale & folk personalities have been kicked out of fantasy land and tries to blend into the city life in NYC as a unified community under King Cole. Snow White acts as the deputy mayor’s (Cole) right hand or operations manager, and is in a pickle when the dilemma she has to solve is the alleged murder and disappearance of her sister, Rose Red. Bigby Wolf is her top sheriff who tries to solve the murder mystery. Who is the culprit? Find out for yourself.

It is an amusing read, as these so-called “fractured fairy-tales” take a life of its own. These first 5 chapters tackle how they try to start anew in Fabletown, and is the essential text to understand the hundred more issues of this famous DC Vertigo series. The Big Bad Wolf shines in this story, as he takes on human form and is CSI-ish in his investigative journey to expose the troublemakers in the still fragile society of Fables.Β  Intrigued? Good luck in finding a copy! The first of any series is always hard to find. I chanced upon mine in Fully Booked Eastwood πŸ™‚

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

  • Darkness was a presence. I learned to see in it, I learned to see through it, and I learned to see the darkness of my own.
  • There were two Atlantics; one outside the lighthouse, and one inside of me. The one inside me had no string of guiding lights.
  • He liked to draw his hand out from under the warm sheet, and into the cold air of the bedroom. Then he would hover his hand over the outline of her face, never touching her, but sensing with wonder, how his hand in the cold air could feel the warmth coming off her face. Sometimes she opened her mouth to breathe, and he felt the breath of her on him, the way Adam must have felt God breathing first life into his sleeping body. But she was the one who slept. In the little death, he bent to kiss her and wake her with a kiss, so that her eyes opened sleepily, and she smiled at him. She always smiled at him. He loved that. And then he would take her in his arms, burying his face in her neck, and trying to identify all the different smells of her. She was clean but she smelled of herself, something like new hay with flowers still in it, and something greener, sharper; nettles in the cut hay. And apples, he thought, the white flesh and its faint pinkness.
  • Stomach to stomach, mouth on mouth, his feet across her shins and wrapped under her feet. her hands on his back. His hands stroking her ears, his forearms to either side of her shoulders, like the forepaws of a hound. He could smell her excitement, and he bent his head to kiss the bolts of her collarbone. He was fused in her. fused to her spine, so that the tip of him felt every vertebra, it seemed. He counted her to himself, travelling upwards, into her mouth, so that she could speak to him. She said his name — Babel. Travelling upwards so that he could lie behind her eyes and peep at the world through her. He looked at himself through her eyes — his neck, his chest, his eyes full of love. Was this him –through her eyes? Gentle, ardent, hesitant a little, his skin unwritten but filling up with this new language?
  • There’s always a woman somewhere, child; a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good…then there is the woman you love.
  • “You must never doubt the one you love.” “But they might not be telling you the truth.” “Never mind that. You tell them the truth.” “What do you mean?” “You can’t be another person’s honesty, child, but you can be your own.” “So what should I say?” “When?” “When I love someone?” “You should say it.”
  • A stranger in his own life, but not here, not with her.
  • Whenever he saw her he anted to faint. He knew it was the sudden rush of blood to his head, and the fact that he forgot to breathe. He knew it was an ordinary symptom and an ordinary cause, but he knew, too, that whenever he saw her, his dessicated, half-stilled body jerked forward, towards the sun. Heat and light. She was heat and light to him, whatever the month…she was a bright disc in him that left him sun-spun. She was circular, light-turned, equinox-sprung. She was season and movement, but her had never seen her cold. In winter, her fire sank from the surface to below the surface, and warmed her great halls like the legend of the king who kept the sun in his hearth. ‘Keep me by you,’ he said. It was almost a prayer, but like most of us he prayed for one thing, and set his life on course for elsewhere.
  • It was very simple; he loved her. Why had he made it so complicated?
  • She had never depended on him, but she had loved him, which was quite different. she had tried to absorb his anger and his uncertainly. She had used her body as a grounding rod. She had tried to earth him…He was like this lighthouse in some ways. He was lonely and aloof. He was arrogant, no doubt of that, and cloaked in himself. He was dark…The instruments were in place, and poloshed too, but the light was not lit.
  • She did not believe in destiny, but she believed in this rocky place. the lighthouse, Babel. Babel, the lighthouse. She would always find him, he would be there, and she would row back to him.Β  Can you leave someone and be with them? She thought you could. She knew that whatever happened today, whatever action they took, whether she kept him or lost him, it hardly made any difference.
  • “What possible difference could that have made?” “The difference that love makes.”
  • He had always believed in a stable-state system, made by God, and left alone afterwards. That things might be endlessly moving and shifting was not his wish. He didn’t want a broken world. He wanted something splendid and glorious and constant. Darwin tried to console him ‘It is not less wonderful or beautiful or grand, this world you blame on me. Only, it is less comfortable.’
  • It’s better if I think of my life like that –part miracle, part madness. It’s better if I accept that I can’t control any of the things that matter. My life is a trail of shipwrecks and set-sails. There are no arrivals, no destinations; there are only sandbanks and shipwreck; then another boat, another tide.
  • This is not a love story, but love is in it. That is, love is just outside it, looking for a way to break in.
  • The continuous narrative of existence is a lie. there is no continuous narrative, there are lit-up moments, and the rest is dark.
  • …life is a torment descending into nightfall.
  • We live in a world of buy it or leave it. Love does not signify.
  • The fossil record us always htere, whether or not you discover it. The brittle ghosts of the past. Memory is not like the surface of the water — either troubled or still. Memory is layered. What you were was another life, but the evidence is somewhere in the rock — your trilobites and ammonites, your struggling life-forms, just when you thought you could stand upright.
  • “Do you know the story of Jekyll and Hyde?” “Of course.” “Well then — to avoid either extreme, it is necessary to find all the lives in between.”
  • When we talk about a man acting out of character, what are we honestly saying? Aren’t we saying that there must be more to the man than we choose to know, or indeed more than he chooses to know about himself?
  • As for myself, I am splintered by great waves. I am coloured glass from a church window long since shattered. I find pieces of myself everywhere, and I cut myself handling them…I am a glass man, but there is no light in me that can shine across the sea. I shall lead no one home, save no lives, not even my own.
  • We lived for the night. The torch in our window was my signal. When it was lit, I stayed away. When you extinguished it, I came to you — secret doors, dark corridors, forbidden stairs, brushing aside fear and propriety like cobwebs. I was inside you. You contained me. Together, in bed, we could sleep, we could dream, and if we heard your servant’s mournful cry, we called it a bird or a dog. I never wanted to wake. I had no use for the day. The light was a lie. Only here, the sun killed, and time’s hands bound, were we free. Imprisoned in each other, we were free.
  • Love is an unarmed intruder.
  • Psychosis: out of touch with reality. Since then, I have been trying to find out what realit is, so that I can touch it.
  • “Why are you afraid?”Β  I asked myself, because fear is at the bottom of everything, even love usually rests on fear. “Why are ou afraid, when whatever you do you will die anyway?”
  • What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you.
  • I used to be a hopeless romantic. I am still a hopeless romantic. I used to believe that love was the highest value. I don’t expect to be happy. I don’t think of love as the answer or the solution. I think love is a force of nature — as strong as the sun, as necessary, as impersonal, as gigantic, as impossible, as scorching as it is warming, as drought-making as it is life-giving. And when it burns out, the planet dies.
  • My little orbit of life circles love. I daren’t get any closer. I’m not a mystic seeking final communion. I don’t go out without SPF 15. I protect myself. But today, when the sun is everywhere, and everything solid is nothing but its own shadow, I know that the real things in life, the things I remembers, the things I turn over in my hands, are not houses, bank accounts, prizes or promotions. What I remember is love — all love — love of this dirt road, this sunrise, a day by the river, the stranger I met in a cafe. Myself, even, which is the hardest thing of all to love, because love and selfishness are not the same thing. It is easy to be selfish. It is hard to love who I am. No wonder I am surprised if you do. But love it is that wins the day. On this burning road, fenced with barbed wire to keep the goats from straying, I find for a minute what I came here for, which is a sure sign that I will lose it again instantly. i felt whole.
  • I looked back at you. These moments that are talismans and treasure. Cumulative deposits — our fossil record — and the beginnings of what happens next. They are the beginning of a story, and the story we will always tell.
  • When we kiss, I stand on tiptoe. You are very good for my calves.
  • Doors opening into rooms that opened onto doors that opened into rooms. We burst through, panelled, baize, flush, glazed, steel, reinforced, safe doors, secret doors, double doors, trap doors. The forbidden door that can only be opened with a small silver key…You are the door in the rock that finally swings free when moonlight shines on it. You are the door at the top of the stairs that only appears in dreams. You are the door that sets the prisoner free. You are the carved low door into the Chapel of the Grail. You are the door at the edge of the world.Β  You are the door that opens onto a sea of stars. Open me. Wide. Narrow. Pass through me, and whatever lies on the other side, could not be reached except by this. This you. This now. This caught moment opening into a lifetime.
  • His heart was beating like light.
  • Life is so short. This stretch of sea and sand, this walk on the shore, before the tide covers everything we have done. I love you. The three most difficult words in the world. But what else can I say?

1001 books you must read before you die

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I’ll put a number on what I’ve read πŸ™‚

  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  • The Sea – John Banville
  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • The Master – Colm TΓ³ibΓ­n
  • Vanishing Point – David Markson
  • The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Colour – Rose Tremain
  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  • What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • Islands – Dan Sleigh
  • Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  • London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  • Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • The Double – JosΓ© Saramago
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Unless – Carol Shields
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  • In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  • Shroud – John Banville
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  • Dead Air – Iain Banks
  • Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  • The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  • Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  • Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  • Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  • Schooling – Heather McGowan
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  • Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  • The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  • Fury – Salman Rushdie
  • At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  • An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  • The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  • Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  • Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  • Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  • Celestial Harmonies – PΓ©ter EsterhΓ‘zy
  • City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  • How the Dead Live – Will Self
  • The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  • Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  • Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Pastoralia – George Saunders
  • Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  • The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  • Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  • As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  • Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  • Fear and Trembling – AmΓ©lie Nothomb
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  • Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  • Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  • Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  • Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  • All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  • The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  • Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Another World – Pat Barker
  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho 1
  • Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 2
  • Great Apes – Will Self
  • Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  • Underworld – Don DeLillo
  • Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  • The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  • The Untouchable – John Banville
  • Silk – Alessandro Baricco
  • Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  • Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  • Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  • Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  • The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  • The Information – Martin Amis
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  • Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  • The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald 3
  • The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  • A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  • Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  • The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
  • Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  • The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
  • Land – Park Kyong-ni
  • The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  • City Sister Silver – JΓ chym Topol
  • How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  • Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  • The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  • The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  • Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  • Complicity – Iain Banks
  • On Love – Alain de Botton
  • What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  • A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  • The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  • The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  • The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Γ–zdamar
  • The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  • A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • Indigo – Marina Warner
  • The Crow Road – Iain Banks
  • Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson 4
  • Jazz – Toni Morrison
  • The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter HΓΈeg
  • The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
  • Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Heather Blazing – Colm TΓ³ibΓ­n
  • Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  • Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  • Arcadia – Jim Crace
  • Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  • American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
  • Mao II – Don DeLillo
  • Typical – Padgett Powell
  • Regeneration – Pat Barker
  • Downriver – Iain Sinclair
  • SeΓ±or Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
  • Wise Children – Angela Carter
  • Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
  • Amongst Women – John McGahern
  • Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
  • Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
  • Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  • The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  • Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  • Possession – A.S. Byatt
  • The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
  • The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
  • A Disaffection – James Kelman
  • Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  • Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  • Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  • Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Melancholy of Resistance – LΓ‘szlΓ³ Krasznahorkai
  • The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon – JosΓ© Saramago
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel 5
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  • London Fields – Martin Amis
  • The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  • The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  • Libra – Don DeLillo
  • The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  • Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  • The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
  • The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
  • The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  • The Passion – Jeanette Winterson 6
  • The Pigeon – Patrick SΓΌskind
  • The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  • Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  • The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
  • The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
  • Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
  • The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
  • Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
  • An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Foe – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
  • Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
  • The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez 7
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  • A Maggot – John Fowles
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Contact – Carl Sagan
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Perfume – Patrick SΓΌskind
  • Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
  • White Noise – Don DeLillo
  • Queer – William Burroughs
  • Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  • Legend – David Gemmell
  • Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?
  • The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
  • The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – JosΓ© Saramago
  • The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  • Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  • Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera 8
  • Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
  • Neuromancer – William Gibson
  • Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  • Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  • Shame – Salman Rushdie
  • Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
  • Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
  • La Brava – Elmore Leonard
  • Waterland – Graham Swift
  • The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
  • The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
  • The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
  • If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
  • A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
  • A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • The Newton Letter – John Banville
  • On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
  • Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  • The Names – Don DeLillo
  • Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
  • Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
  • The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  • July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  • Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
  • Broken April – Ismail Kadare
  • Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • Rites of Passage – William Golding
  • Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
  • Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  • Smiley’s People – John Le CarrΓ©
  • Shikasta – Doris Lessing
  • A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  • Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer
  • The Safety Net – Heinrich BΓΆll
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  • The World According to Garp – John Irving
  • Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  • The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  • The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
  • Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  • The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
  • In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
  • Delta of Venus – AnaΓ―s Nin 9
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dispatches – Michael Herr
  • Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  • The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
  • Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
  • The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  • Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
  • Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
  • Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
  • Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
  • Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  • A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
  • Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  • The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
  • Fateless – Imre KertΓ©sz
  • Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
  • High Rise – J.G. Ballard
  • Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
  • Dead Babies – Martin Amis
  • Correction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  • The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
  • Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich BΓΆll
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le CarrΓ©
  • Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  • A Question of Power – Bessie Head
  • The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
  • The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  • Crash – J.G. Ballard
  • The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
  • Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  • Sula – Toni Morrison 10
  • Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  • The Breast – Philip Roth
  • The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  • G – John Berger
  • Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  • House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
  • In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
  • The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich BΓΆll
  • The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
  • Rabbit Redux – John Updike
  • The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
  • The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  • The Ogre – Michael Tournier
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
  • Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  • Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
  • The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  • Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
  • Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
  • Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
  • Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  • The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
  • Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
  • Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
  • The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
  • Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
  • Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  • Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
  • The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
  • In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  • A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
  • The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
  • Chocky – John Wyndham
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez 11
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
  • The Joke – Milan Kundera
  • No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
  • The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
  • A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
  • The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  • Trawl – B.S. Johnson
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • The Magus – John Fowles
  • The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys 12
  • Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  • Things – Georges Perec
  • The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
  • Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  • Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
  • Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
  • Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  • The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
  • Herzog – Saul Bellow
  • V. – Thomas Pynchon
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le CarrΓ©
  • The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
  • Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • The Collector – John Fowles
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  • The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  • Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
  • Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
  • Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
  • Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  • Cat and Mouse – GΓΌnter Grass
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
  • How It Is – Samuel Beckett
  • Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
  • The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  • Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
  • Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
  • Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
  • Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  • The Tin Drum – GΓΌnter Grass
  • Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
  • Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  • Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
  • Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich BΓΆll
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  • The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
  • A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  • The Bitter Glass – EilΓ­s Dillon
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  • Mrs. β€˜Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  • Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  • The End of the Road – John Barth
  • The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  • The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  • Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • Voss – Patrick White
  • The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  • Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  • Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  • The Wonderful β€œO” – James Thurber
  • Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  • The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  • Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  • The Floating Opera – John Barth
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien 13
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  • The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos KazantzΓ‘kis
  • The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  • The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  • Bonjour Tristesse – FranΓ§oise Sagan
  • I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  • Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Story of O – Pauline RΓ©age
  • A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  • The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  • The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  • The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  • Watt – Samuel Beckett
  • Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  • Junkie – William Burroughs
  • The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  • Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  • The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich DΓΌrrenmatt
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  • Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  • Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  • Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  • The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Rebel – Albert Camus
  • Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  • The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  • The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  • The Third Man – Graham Greene
  • The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  • Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  • The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  • I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  • The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  • Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  • The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  • The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  • Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  • Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  • The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  • The Victim – Saul Bellow
  • Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  • If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  • Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  • The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • Back – Henry Green
  • Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  • The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  • The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  • Loving – Henry Green
  • Arcanum 17 – AndrΓ© Breton
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  • The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  • Transit – Anna Seghers
  • Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
  • Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry 14
  • Caught – Henry Green
  • The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  • Embers – Sandor Marai
  • Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  • The Outsider – Albert Camus
  • In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
  • The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
  • The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
  • Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  • Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  • The Hamlet – William Faulkner
  • Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway 15
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
  • Party Going – Henry Green
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  • At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  • Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  • Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  • Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
  • Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  • The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  • After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  • Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
  • Murphy – Samuel Beckett
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien 16
  • The Years – Virginia Woolf
  • In Parenthesis – David Jones
  • The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
  • Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
  • To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
  • The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  • Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  • Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
  • Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  • At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  • Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  • Independent People – HalldΓ³r Laxness
  • Auto-da-FΓ© – Elias Canetti
  • The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
  • The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
  • England Made Me – Graham Greene
  • Burmese Days – George Orwell
  • The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
  • Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  • Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller 17
  • A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  • Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  • Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
  • Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  • Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  • A Day Off – Storm Jameson
  • The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  • A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand CΓ©line
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  • To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  • The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
  • The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  • The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
  • Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
  • Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  • Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  • The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  • Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  • Passing – Nella Larsen
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway 18
  • Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  • Living – Henry Green
  • The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred DΓΆblin
  • The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
  • Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  • Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  • Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
  • The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  • Quartet – Jean Rhys
  • Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  • Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  • Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
  • Nadja – AndrΓ© Breton
  • Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
  • Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  • To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf 19
  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
  • Amerika – Franz Kafka
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway 20
  • Blindness – Henry Green
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Good Soldier Ε vejk – Jaroslav HaΕ‘ek
  • The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  • One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  • The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  • Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 21
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Counterfeiters – AndrΓ© Gide
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
  • The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
  • Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  • The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
  • The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  • Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  • Cane – Jean Toomer
  • Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  • Amok – Stefan Zweig
  • The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  • The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
  • Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  • Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
  • The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  • Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  • Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  • Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  • The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton 22
  • Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  • Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  • Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  • Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  • The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  • Summer – Edith Wharton
  • Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
  • Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce 23
  • Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
  • Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  • Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  • The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  • Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  • Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
  • Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  • Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  • Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  • Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  • The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • FantΓ΄mas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  • Howards End – E.M. Forster
  • Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
  • Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  • Martin Eden – Jack London
  • Strait is the Gate – AndrΓ© Gide
  • Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  • The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  • A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  • The Iron Heel – Jack London
  • The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  • The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
  • Mother – Maxim Gorky
  • The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Young TΓΆrless – Robert Musil
  • The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
  • The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  • Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  • Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  • Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
  • The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  • The Ambassadors – Henry James
  • The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  • The Immoralist – AndrΓ© Gide
  • The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  • Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  • Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  • Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
  • The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James 24
  • The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  • What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  • Fruits of the Earth – AndrΓ© Gide
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  • Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
  • Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  • The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  • The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Born in Exile – George Gissing
  • Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • News from Nowhere – William Morris
  • New Grub Street – George Gissing
  • GΓΆsta Berling’s Saga – Selma LagerlΓΆf
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  • La BΓͺte Humaine – Γ‰mile Zola
  • By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
  • Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  • The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  • Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito PΓ©rez GaldΓ©s
  • The People of HemsΓΆ – August Strindberg
  • The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  • She – H. Rider Haggard
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  • Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  • Germinal – Γ‰mile Zola 25
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  • Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  • Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
  • The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James 26
  • Bouvard and PΓ©cuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  • Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  • Nana – Γ‰mile Zola
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky 27
  • The Red Room – August Strindberg
  • Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 28
  • Drunkard – Γ‰mile Zola
  • Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  • Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  • The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  • Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll 29
  • King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  • He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  • Maldoror – Comte de LautrΓ©aumont
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott 30
  • ThΓ©rΓ¨se Raquin – Γ‰mile Zola
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll 31
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky 32
  • The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  • Les MisΓ©rables – Victor Hugo 33
  • Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot 34
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 35
  • On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  • Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
  • Adam Bede – George Eliot
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert 36
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • Villette – Charlotte BrontΓ«
  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Shirley – Charlotte BrontΓ«
  • Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne BrontΓ«
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily BrontΓ« 37
  • Agnes Grey – Anne BrontΓ«
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte BrontΓ«
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  • The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Lost Illusions – HonorΓ© de Balzac
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  • The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
  • Le PΓ¨re Goriot – HonorΓ© de Balzac
  • EugΓ©nie Grandet – HonorΓ© de Balzac
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  • The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  • The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
  • Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  • The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  • Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  • The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  • Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  • Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen
  • Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  • Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
  • Hyperion – Friedrich HΓΆlderlin
  • The Nun – Denis Diderot
  • Camilla – Fanny Burney
  • The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  • The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  • The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
  • Justine – Marquis de Sade
  • Vathek – William Beckford
  • The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
  • Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  • Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Evelina – Fanny Burney
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  • The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  • A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  • Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  • The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  • Γ‰mile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
  • Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  • Amelia – Henry Fielding
  • Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  • Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  • Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  • Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  • Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  • Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  • Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  • Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  • Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  • A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  • Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  • Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  • Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  • The Princess of ClΓ¨ves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 38
  • The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
  • Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel – FranΓ§oise Rabelais
  • The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  • The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  • Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  • Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  • Metamorphoses – Ovid
  • Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

Oh dear, just almost 40% of the list! πŸ˜€

Howl’s Moving Castle movie by Hayao Miyazaki

This Academy Award Nominee of 2006 will take sweep you away in its magical tale of finding oneself,Β  heroism, and the transformative value of love. It is an adaptation of Dianna Wynne Jones’ young adult fantasy novel, and this British bestseller was converted into an Asian masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli.

Sophie is a hatter who’s waiting for an adventure to happen in her life. At the start of the movie, she is seen going through her daily routine of making hats, and checks up on her beautiful sister for updates on an exciting life. She then meets a handsome, mysterious man who saves her from two soldiers harassing her but magically lifts her up in the air as decoy to escape his enemies. He drops her off her destination, and she is smitten by this man. Unfortunately, the obese Witch of the Waste (pun probably intended) pays Sophie a visit to curse her for being with the mysterious man who turns out to be Howl, and the spell turned Sophie into a 90 year-old lady overnight. Ashamed to be found out in this unsolvable predicament, she leaves town to seek out Howl the Wizard for a solution to this spell. She meets a turnip scarecrow who leads her to Howl’s moving castle and in it she also meets Calcifer, a fire demon in charge of moving the mechanisms of the moving “castle”, and Markl, Howl’s kid assistant. She volunteers as a cleaning lady for the house, and when Howl arrives, her exciting adventures begin.

Miyazaki liberally changed important aspects of the original story, all mainly connected with Howl’s life. Let me enumerate what he’s not: he is not as self-absorbed and promiscuous as implied by the text. This is a major strand as Sophie’s entanglement looks less pathetic without the presence or mention of paramours or lovers in the movie. Markl, Howl’s assistant, was made a kid for added cuteness in the wizarding world in the film. In the book, he was Michael, who was Howl’s “wingman” in courting plain Jane Sophie’s beautiful sisters. On the other hand, also in the book, Sophie’s curse was already self-inflicted, as she was said to “unconsciously retaining the spell on herself” (Wiki), probably out of self-pity and insecurity for her self-perception that she’s ugly and useless. In the movie, she is kind, generous,Β  and hopeful, and her love for Howl, Calcifer, Markl, and the turnip head lifted the curse(s) in the end that showed her beauty. Howl was a city hero trying to end the war, and his “disappearances” were not trysts with his lovers. He was out fighting the magical army wrecking havoc in the city. It all ends romantically, as Howl and Sophie found love for each other, and found a happy family with Calcifer, Markl, and even the Witch in their traveling house.

Its Oscar nomination is an indication of the artistic merits that made this enjoyable and fantastic story. It got rid of the book’s complicated personal scenarios. It is a heartwarming journey filled with good values for children and adults alike.