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. The Century Trilogy — Ken Follett
  9. The Magician’s Trilogy — Lev Grossman
  10. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  11. The Good Soldier Svejk — Jaroslav Hasek
  12. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid — Douglas R. Hofstadter
  13. Some Came Running — James Jones
  14. Finnegans Wake — James Joyce *
  15. The Far Pavilions — M. M. Kaye
  16. The Last Days of Mankind —Karl Kraus
  17. The Adventures of Amir hamza — Ghalib Lakhnavi
  18. Three Kingdoms — Luo Guanzhong
  19. Harlot’s Ghost — Norman Mailer
  20. The Executioner’s Song — Norman Mailer
  21. Oswald’s Tale — Norman Mailer
  22. Le Morte d’Arthur — Thomas Malory
  23. Joseph and His Brothers — Thomas Mann
  24. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  25. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  26. Gormenghast Trilogy — Mervyn Peake
  27. Cantos — Ezra Pound [In Progress]
  28. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  29. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  30. Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages — John Cowper Powys
  31. Gargantua and Pantagruel — Francois Rabelais *
  32. Clarissa Harlowe; or The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson *
  33. Juliet — Le Marquise de Sade
  34. Being and Nothingness – Jean-Paul Sartre
  35. The Raj Quartet — Paul Scott
  36. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich — William L. Shirer
  37. The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia – Sir Philip Sidney
  38. The Making of Americans — Gertrude Stein
  39. The Wandering Jew — Eugene Sue
  40. The Mystery of Paris — Eugene Sue
  41. History of the Peloponnesian War — Thucydides
  42. Rising Up & Rising Down — William T. Vollmann
  43. Imperial — William T. Vollmann
  44. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  45. Kristin Lavransdatter — Sigrid Undset
  46. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton — Richard S. Westfall

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