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. Homo Sacer — Giorgio Agambin
  2. Commedia — Dante Alighieri *
  3. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present — Jacques Barzun
  4. Life of Samuel Johnson — James Boswell
  5. Cecilia — Fanny Burney
  6. The Wanderer — Fanny Burney
  7. The Anatomy of Melancholy — Robert Burton
  8. Kingsbridge Series — Ken Follett
  9. The Century Trilogy — Ken Follett
  10. The Magician’s Trilogy — Lev Grossman
  11. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  12. The Good Soldier Svejk — Jaroslav Hasek
  13. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid — Douglas R. Hofstadter
  14. Les Misérables — Victor Hugo
  15. Some Came Running — James Jones
  16. Finnegans Wake — James Joyce *
  17. The Far Pavilions — M. M. Kaye
  18. The Last Days of Mankind —Karl Kraus
  19. The Adventures of Amir hamza — Ghalib Lakhnavi
  20. Three Kingdoms — Luo Guanzhong
  21. Harlot’s Ghost — Norman Mailer
  22. The Executioner’s Song — Norman Mailer
  23. Oswald’s Tale — Norman Mailer
  24. Le Morte d’Arthur — Thomas Malory
  25. Joseph and His Brothers — Thomas Mann
  26. Your Face Tomorrow — Javier Marías
  27. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  28. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  29. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  30. Gormenghast Trilogy — Mervyn Peake
  31. Cantos — Ezra Pound [In Progress]
  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 [In Progress]
  36. Gargantua and Pantagruel — Francois Rabelais *
  37. Clarissa Harlowe; or The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson *
  38. Juliet — Le Marquise de Sade
  39. Being and Nothingness – Jean-Paul Sartre
  40. The Raj Quartet — Paul Scott
  41. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich — William L. Shirer
  42. The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia – Sir Philip Sidney
  43. The Making of Americans — Gertrude Stein
  44. The Wandering Jew — Eugene Sue
  45. The Mystery of Paris — Eugene Sue
  46. History of the Peloponnesian War — Thucydides
  47. Rising Up & Rising Down — William T. Vollmann
  48. Imperial — William T. Vollmann
  49. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  50. Kristin Lavransdatter — Sigrid Undset
  51. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton — Richard S. Westfall

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