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. 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. The Adolescent – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. Demons — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. Kingsbridge Series — Ken Follett
  11. The Century Trilogy — Ken Follett
  12. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  13. The Good Soldier Svejk — Jaroslav Hasek
  14. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid — Douglas R. Hofstadter
  15. Les Misérables — Victor Hugo
  16. Roderick Hudson— Henry James
  17. The Princess Cassamassima— Henry James
  18. The Bostonians— Henry James
  19. Finnegans Wake — James Joyce *
  20. The Far Pavilions — M. M. Kaye
  21. My Struggle — Karl One Knaursgârd [In Progress]
  22. The Last Days of Mankind —Karl Kraus
  23. The Adventures of Amir hamza — Ghalib Lakhnavi
  24. The Kindly Ones: A Novel — Jonathan Littel
  25. Harlot’s Ghost — Norman Mailer
  26. The Executioner’s Song — Norman Mailer
  27. Oswald’s Tale — Norman Mailer
  28. Le Morte d’Arthur — Thomas Malory
  29. Joseph and His Brothers — Thomas Mann
  30. Your Face Tomorrow — Javier Marías
  31. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  32. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  33. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  34. A Rage To Live — John O’Hara
  35. Metamorphoses — Ovid
  36. Gormenghast Trilogy — Mervyn Peake
  37. Cantos — Ezra Pound [In Progress]
  38. Weymouth Sands — John Cowper Powys
  39. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  40. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  41. Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages — John Cowper Powys
  42. À la recherche du temps perdu — Marcel Proust [In Progress]
  43. Gargantua and Pantagruel — Francois Rabelais *
  44. Clarissa Harlowe; or The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson *
  45. Shantaram: A Novel — Gregory David Roberts
  46. Mercy of a Rude Stream — Henry Roth [In Progress]
  47. The Raj Quartet — Paul Scott
  48. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich — William L. Shirer
  49. The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia – Sir Philip Sidney
  50. The Making of Americans — Gertrude Stein
  51. The Wandering Jew — Eugene Sue
  52. The Mystery of Paris — Eugene Sue
  53. History of the Peloponnesian War — Thucydides
  54. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  55. The Web and the Rock — Thomas Wolfe
  56. You Can’t Go Home Again — Thomas Wolfe

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