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

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