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 Burnen
  6. The Wanderer — Fanny Burney
  7. The Anatomy of Melancholy — Robert Burton
  8. Little Dorrit — Charles Dickens
  9. Stalingrad — Vasily Grossman
  10. Life and Fate — Vasily Grossman
  11. Forever Flowing — 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. 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 [In Progress]
  20. The Kindly Ones: A Novel — Jonathan Littel
  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. The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi — Alessandro Manzoni
  27. Shadow Country — Peter Matthiessen
  28. Women and Men — Joseph McElroy
  29. Pierre, or The Ambiguities — Herman Melville
  30. From the Terrace — John O’Hara
  31. A Rage To Live — John O’Hara
  32. Metamorphoses — Ovid
  33. Gormenghast Trilogy — Mervyn Peake
  34. Cantos — Ezra Pound [In Progress]
  35. Weymouth Sands — John Cowper Powys
  36. A Glastonbury Romance — John Cowper Powys
  37. Owen Glendower — John Cowper Powys
  38. Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages — John Cowper Powys
  39. À la recherche du temps perdu — Marcel Proust [In Progress]
  40. Gargantua and Pantagruel — Francois Rabelais *
  41. Clarissa Harlowe; or The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson *
  42. Shantaram: A Novel — Gregory David Roberts
  43. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich — William L. Shirer
  44. The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia – Sir Philip Sidney
  45. The Making of Americans — Gertrude Stein
  46. The Wandering Jew — Eugene Sue
  47. The Mystery of Paris — Eugene Sue
  48. History of the Peloponnesian War — Thucydides
  49. The Big Green Tent — Ludmila Ulitskaya
  50. The Web and the Rock — Thomas Wolfe
  51. You Can’t Go Home Again — Thomas Wolfe

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