Y KANT SALON READS: Master list
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1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
2. Ulysses, by James Joyce
3. The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
4. The Octopus: A Story of California, by Frank Norris
5. The Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector
6. Pierre: or, The Ambiguities by Herman Melville
7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
8. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by ETA Hoffmann
9. Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land by Herman Melville
10. I Think, Therefore Who Am I? by Peter Weissman
11. Paradise Lost, by John Milton
12. Miss Lonelyhearts, by Nathanael West
13. The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed, by Alex Austin
14. My Name is Red, by Orhan Pamuk
15. Chambers Slang Dictionary, by Jonathon Green, and the field of lexicography in general
16. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
17. The Dwarf, by Pär Lagerkvist
18. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
19. In Search of Lost Time, by Michel Proust
20. Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh
21. Primal Tears, by Kelpie Wilson
22. The Histories by Herodotus
23. Last Vanities, by Fleur Jaeggy
24. Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
25. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
26. Travesty, by John Hawkes
27. Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson
28. Strangers Within the Gate and Offloading the Wounded, by Jeffrey C. Alfier
29. Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa
30. Wallenstein: A Historical Drama in Three Parts, by Friedrich von Schiller
31. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918, by GJ Meyer
32. Chateau d'Argol, by Julien Gracq
33. Digging Deeper: A Memoir of the Seventies, by Peter Weissman
34. A World of Great Stories, ed. by Hiram Haydn and John Cournos
35. The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, by Herman Melville
36. 2666, by Roberto Bolaño
37. The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser
38. Porius, by John Cowper Powys
39. A Public Burning, by Robert Coover
40. Aspects of the Novel, by EM Forster (I think this counts as a de facto group read)
41. History: A Novel, by Elsa Morante
42. The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann
43. Ordo Virtutum, by Hildegard von Bingen
44. Dulcitus, by Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim
45. The Recognition of Sakuntala, by Kalidasa
46. Laura Warholic: Or, the Sexual Intellectual, by Alexander Theroux
47. Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville
48. The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary, by Robert Alter
49. Arjun and the Good Snake, by Rick Harsch
50. Summer Stock: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brecht
51. The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka
52. Death and the King's Horseman, by Wole Soyinka
52. Essays by Roland Barthes
53. Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens
54. The Old Testament, by God(?)
55. The David Story, by Robert Alter
56. More Old Testament
57. Spring Snow, by Yukio Mishima
58. Runaway Horses, by Yukio Mishima
59. The Temple of Dawn, by Yukio Mishima
60. The Decay of the Angel, by Yukio Mishima
(I could have done it, but I've gotta go now... convenient huh)
Many months ago, after long-delaying sending a promised copy of Laura Warholic across the ocean somewhere, I ended up sending my only copy, so I'm presently w/out a copy, but will order one today with the proviso that I'm terrible at group reads these days. I'm good at starting them, but how far I'll actually get is anybody's guess. I believe citygirl & tomcat, once he's back from vacation, was planning on reading it as well.
In finally perusing the selections made for 2012, I'm simply aghast that once again, U. didn't get her way and nobody stepped up to the plate in defense of Miss Macintosh, My Darling, a two-volume set of some of the most elegant prose ever written -- Proustian in its lush complexity that's uniquely not a difficult read despite it's oft-accused "purple prose" -- and certainly the kind of under recognized tome of under recognized tomes I always thought the salon sought to make more famous. And after all U. has done for the salon leading group reads, leading the group, providing excellent therapy for many of you, just, in other words, being her inimitable self, you'd think she might have gotten her way for once with Miss Macintosh, but noooooooooo, the people have better ideas.
I'll be reading Miss Macintosh, My Darling in 2012 alone if I have to!
I have also begun gathering some thoughts on The Whale and will be ready when the new year comes.
We may have to try to prevail on you to scan in an illustration or two!
I will be reading from the Northwestern-Newberry Scholarly Edition, but will try to avoid giving you too much info from their pedantic editors: http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/Title/tabid/68/ISBN/0-8101-0268-4/Default.as...
I will, however, share thoughts from the wild and wooly and ever interesting Bruce Franklin (not pedantic at all!): http://books.google.com/books?id=JjesAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA203&lpg=PA203&dq=...
I await January monkey-brite; have never read Melville.
My generation does not lame out of anything. We weasel out. But I won't, of course, as I may actually sell a couple books. I still don't have it on Amazon because I still haven't a bank account in the now four acceptable countries (US, UK, France, Germany) and without that it can't be done. Maybe I'll send a batch to someone and take whatever donations I get and any who can't afford it or simply don't want to buy it can get an emailed copy.
I am definitely in for Moby Dick, even if I can't find my copy.
Please point out anything missing!
We've read a fair bit of Melville, haven't we? Should we read it all?
I read some Soyinka as well. Someday, we should talk about it.
What do I remember about Soyinka? I read The Lion and the Jewel, and I remember it was fun and there was singing and I thought it was cute how he sold the victory of the schemig old horndog patriarch as a victory for traditional culture, wink wink. I liked it.
Should I add it? What Soyinka did you read? I think Barthes needs to be on here, he's kind of an unofficial Salon mascot of sorts, isn't he?
(Roland Barthes = the Naughty Hottie?)
I thought he was the Haughty Knotty, but one never knows.