Y KANT SALON READS: Master list

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1MeditationesMartini
Redigeret: jan 22, 2013, 7:52pm

2009

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

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2MeditationesMartini
Redigeret: sep 13, 2011, 3:05am

I remembered that I forgot Trainspotting and I wanted to have this at the top of a page somewhere for easier editing access. Please pass along any/all further corrections.

3ChocolateMuse
sep 13, 2011, 3:09am

There's also the Wiki page: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php?title=Past_Group_Reads_in_the_Salon&a...

(I could have done it, but I've gotta go now... convenient huh)

4MeditationesMartini
sep 13, 2011, 11:31pm

It's on the front page now! I guess I volunteered to keep it updated.

5MeditationesMartini
sep 27, 2011, 10:02pm

Laura Warholic added.

6MeditationesMartini
okt 19, 2011, 10:31am

Did anyone actually read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

7slickdpdx
okt 19, 2011, 1:00pm

Ever or as a Salon read? Yes and no, respectively. I did not even realize it was a Salon read. I would like to re-read it and that would have made a great excuse.

8MeditationesMartini
okt 19, 2011, 5:17pm

I think there was talk about it and it never happened.

9MeditationesMartini
nov 22, 2011, 5:57am

Added 2012 reads and did a bit of rearranging (I read Ordo Virtutum and I'm getting credit for it, damn it!

10Macumbeira
nov 23, 2011, 12:13am

What comes after the Mountain ? Who will lead ?

11MeditationesMartini
nov 23, 2011, 12:19am

I am excited about reading Hrotsvitha and Sakuntala and talking about them with A_Musing, if I haven't too direly offended him with my juvenile screed on Hildegard. Then in December, me and slick and I hope Dick M. now that he's back and maybe you? are reading Laura Warholic. Then it is January and time for Moby-Dick!

12absurdeist
Redigeret: nov 23, 2011, 1:59pm

Smartini,

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!

13anna_in_pdx
nov 23, 2011, 2:01pm

LW is not until spring right? I will try to read that. I have been intrigued by descriptions I have heard all over LT. Leading it though will be left up to those on whose shoulders I stand. Mac, Tomcat, Citygirl (who is also leading a rebel read in Jan)... Sorry. If we ever read a book from the Arab world I will volunteer to lead.

14A_musing
nov 23, 2011, 3:23pm

Always up for Sakuntala. I've got a review somehwere. I'm still following behind on the mountain, now a horrid laggard, with a whole thread and a half I haven't opened because I'm so far behind.

I have also begun gathering some thoughts on The Whale and will be ready when the new year comes.

15A_musing
nov 23, 2011, 3:23pm

For Arabic world, maybe some day we read the Nights or Lalya?

16anna_in_pdx
nov 23, 2011, 3:27pm

Now the Nights, that's a tome's tome. But I'd expect nothing less from the Mahabarata readers! :)

17absurdeist
nov 23, 2011, 4:03pm

11,13> I believe Laura Warholic was scheduled to begin in December of this year. And I believe it had already been predetermined that said group read would not be taking place in Le Salon: http://www.librarything.com/topic/104016

18Macumbeira
nov 23, 2011, 4:12pm

What is the next group read and who will lead it ?

19A_musing
nov 23, 2011, 4:49pm

I'm doing the whale in January - do we have a december? I'd love a co-leader still....

20LolaWalser
nov 23, 2011, 8:09pm

Aha! An opportunity to read my luxe whale in company! Sign me up!

21A_musing
nov 23, 2011, 8:36pm

This one, right: http://www.foliosociety.com/book/MBY/moby-dick

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=...

22LolaWalser
nov 24, 2011, 10:24am

That's my baby! Illustrations are by old ones by Rockwell Kent, I'll see whether some sites collects them all.

I await January monkey-brite; have never read Melville.

23RickHarsch
nov 24, 2011, 3:43pm

Dear Mr. Martini,

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.

r

24MeditationesMartini
nov 24, 2011, 3:46pm

"Lame Weasels" sums up the last fifty years of our collective history pretty well.

25RickHarsch
nov 25, 2011, 6:16am

anagramtically, male sealews, and we all know what sealews get up to

26slickdpdx
nov 25, 2011, 10:17am

I was thinking that the 2012 list was not so great, but seeing it again, I like it!

27tomcatMurr
nov 29, 2011, 9:00pm

I'm in for LW, and I've already started. is there a thread for this?

28slickdpdx
nov 29, 2011, 10:18pm

Not yet. Let's get one going!

29MeditationesMartini
dec 30, 2011, 2:11am

Edited to add Robert Alter.

30anna_in_pdx
jan 16, 2013, 10:58am

Martin, can we fix 2012 to reflect the group reads that actually happened? Maybe we can do Foucault this year. And some people are still reading Alter/the Old Testament and some others including yourself just started the Mishima trilogy.

31MeditationesMartini
Redigeret: jan 16, 2013, 8:41pm

Ha ha, oh yeah, poor effort everyone. Okay, I have done some small revising, but I'm gonna need help remembering what the actual group reads were this year. Anyone? I remember reading some stuff for Summer Stock, but I'm not sure if it was the same stuff as ayone else.

Please point out anything missing!

32RickHarsch
jan 19, 2013, 4:12am

Let's not forget that Moby Dick started the year--that already makes 2012 a good one.

33A_musing
jan 22, 2013, 9:00am

I think both you and I read some Brecht, but didn't really get to talk about it, and I read some other stuff from the list, but while traveling and so never really posted on it. So I'm not sure how much credit we can give ourselves on summer stock. I got one and a half articles in on Barthes, and I think a couple other folks may have done a little better, and someday will finish Our Mutual Friend.

34anna_in_pdx
jan 22, 2013, 11:00am

We did discuss OMF, and a few of us, at least, finished it. I think that one is fine. I guess Rick was our only "unappreciated author" that year?

35MeditationesMartini
Redigeret: jan 22, 2013, 2:30pm

>33 A_musing: I'm counting it! I also read some Wole Soyinka and John Ruganda. What was your Brecht and Barthes? I'll read them before Chinese New Year.

36MeditationesMartini
jan 22, 2013, 2:30pm

And did we have a Summer Stock the previous year and I'm just not seeing it up there?

37anna_in_pdx
jan 22, 2013, 2:32pm

No I don't think we ever got around to it. We read Hildegard instead by herself. Those that did that. I was not among them.

38anna_in_pdx
jan 22, 2013, 2:32pm

And I read Barthes' Essays along with the group for summer stock, but nothing else really.

39A_musing
Redigeret: jan 22, 2013, 2:50pm

We definitely read Schiller, Freequee hateed it. I think we may have read a couple others that were less memorablee hateed by Freequee.

We've read a fair bit of Melville, haven't we? Should we read it all?

40anna_in_pdx
jan 22, 2013, 2:50pm

Yes, I was among those who waded through Schiller.

41A_musing
Redigeret: jan 22, 2013, 2:54pm

May I say, too, that there is damn good stuff on this list. For the most part, I wish I had read the ones I didn't and the one I did I loved.

I read some Soyinka as well. Someday, we should talk about it.

42MeditationesMartini
jan 22, 2013, 4:06pm

We should read it all. My old roommate was a big afficionado of Omoo and Typee and usually his recommendations are reliable. And while Clarel's interesting flaws have been well discussed and I thought the Confidence-Man was really good and weird but not bowl-you-over amazing when I read it, I certainly find both persisting in memory to a much greater degree than books I rated higher at the time.

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?)

43A_musing
jan 22, 2013, 5:00pm

I read Death and the King's Horsemen, with great guffaws, much singing, and all around death and happiness and wonder.

I thought he was the Haughty Knotty, but one never knows.

44MeditationesMartini
Redigeret: jan 22, 2013, 7:55pm

Death and the King's Horseman added!