Bucket List

These are the books that I really want to read before I die but might represent a challenge, usually due to the size of the book. I often have to wait for the right time which in the past had involved a week or two on vacation when I could concentrate on my reading, usually at the Jersey Shore but also on a lazy Caribbean cruise. What with the ability to read more and more brought to me by CoVid-19, I have added a technique of reading an eclectic collection of books and if there’s still time in the month, reading one of the really big or difficult titles, usually from this Bucket List.

Note that I have read some of these but with some impediment, like an abridged edition or a bewildered understanding, and more than one title is on this list because I abandoned finishing it, either because of literary exhaustion or scheduling urgency (especially when I was at university).

  1. Commedia — Dante Alighieri *
  2. The Transylvania Trilogy — Miklos Banffy *
  3. Life of Samuel Johnson — James Boswell
  4. The Sleepwalkers — Hermann Broch
  5. Cecilia — Fanny Burney
  6. The Wanderer — Fanny Burney
  7. The Anatomy of Melancholy — Robert Burton
  8. Little Dorrit — Charles Dickens
  9. Romola — George Eliot
  10. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  11. Life and Fate — Vasily Grossman
  12. Forever Flowing — Vasily Grossman
  13. The Good Soldier Svejk — Jaroslav Hasek
  14. Histories — Heroditus
  15. Roderick Hudson— Henry James
  16. The Princess Cassamassima— Henry James
  17. The Bostonians— Henry James
  18. Finnegans Wake — James Joyce *
  19. My Struggle — Karl One Knaursgârd
  20. Harlot’s Ghost — Norman Mailer
  21. The Executioner’s Song — Norman Mailer
  22. Le Morte d’Arthur — Thomas Malory
  23. Joseph and His Brothers — Thomas Mann
  24. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  25. Pierre, or The Ambiguities — Herman Melville
  26. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  27. A Rage To Live — John O’Hara
  28. Metamorphoses — Ovid
  29. Gormenghast Trilogy — Mervyn Peake
  30. Cantos — Ezra Pound *
  31. Weymouth Sands — John Cowper Powys
  32. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  33. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  34. Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages — John Cowper Powys
  35. À la recherche du temps perdu — Marcel Proust *
  36. Gargantua and Pantagruel — Francois Rabelais *
  37. Clarissa Harlowe; or The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson *
  38. History of the Peloponnesian War — Thucydides

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