Friday, 28 January 2011

Twelfth Night at The National Theatre

Just a quick post, about the production of Twelfth Night I saw at The National at the weekend. It's quite a while since I've seen such a traditionally staged Shakespeare play - they were all in tights and everything! - and it was actually quite a refreshing change, as opposed to productions that sometimes feel like they're being 'different' just for the sake of it.

However, although it was very enjoyable, it did seem to lack the sparkle that would have made it outstanding. I tend to think that Shakespeare is best performed when you can almost forget it is Shakespeare; that the dialogue is so well presented it stops feeling like verse. This always felt like a play. 

I'd also read a review from The Guardian that mentioned how Rebecca Hall (playing Viola) 'allows her hands to hang limply from her sides for most of the evening' and, as a result, I couldn't stop looking at her hands. Which did indeed dangle loosely at her sides the majority of the time...

For me, though, the problem with Twelfth Night is always Malvolio. I know that part of the subtext should be about jumbling things up and power being in different hands, but I can never really laugh at Malvolio being treated so cruelly for, really, just doing his job and not being a very cheerful soul. It sometimes works if Malvolio is played terribly hatefully, and the plot to taunt him remains light-hearted, but this just felt like cruelty, and cruelty for no reason that went unremarked and unpunished.

Overall, I was left with a similar feeling to that I felt at the end of last season's production of All's Well That End's Well...  although all the ends are tied away and everyone worthy is married off, that the underlying disquiet is just waiting to bubble up again...

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Whys and wherefores of The List

I have a friend who, when we first met, mentioned this list of books he was reading from. 1001 books, to be precise, from a(nother) book called, not surprisingly, 1001 Books to Read Before You Die by a chap called Peter Boxall.

Now, usually lists of things to do before I expire fill me with horror. It seems very unlikely that I'll manage more than a paltry amount, and even less likely that I'll want to do/see/eat/hear the vast majority of them.

But books... that was a slightly different kettle of fishes. Especially once we found a useful spreadsheet (that can be found, and downloaded, here)where you can keep track of what you've read and how many you've still got to squeeze in before clogs can even consider being popped.

Of course Mr Boxall, doubtlessly with an eye on his pension fund, released a newer version in 2008 which has a very different selection of books on it. I have chosen to mostly ignore this development. Please don't mention it.

So, it's not supposed to be the bestest books in the history of the world, ever. It's supposed (apparently) to track the progression of the novel. And no, I don't stick to it religiously and I don't think that reading all these books will make me a better person. But it is nice to have a resource to look at when faced with the eternal 'what shall I read' question, other than the current selection in Waterstone's 342 or whatever's tickling Richard and Judy's fancy. And I've come across some marvellous novels and authors that, otherwise, I'm quite sure I would never have heard of.

As of today, I'm at 303. I aim to get through about fifty list books a year, and then some others on top of that.

(Don't tell anyone, though, but I haven't even finished one yet this year. And it's nearly February. Hopefully this blog will kick me out of my reading slump.)

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The List - 1001 Books

So, this is  The List. I'll write another post about the whys and wherefores as I think this one's quite long enough already. Suffice to say, the ones in bold are those I've read so far...

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro 
Saturday Ian McEwan 
On Beauty Zadie Smith
Slow Man J.M. Coetzee
Adjunct: An Undigest Peter Manson
The Sea John Banville
The Red Queen Margaret Drabble

The Plot Against America Philip Roth
The Master Colm Tóibín
Vanishing Point David Markson
The Lambs of London Peter Ackroyd
Dining on Stones Iain Sinclair

Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Drop City T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Colour Rose Tremain
Thursbitch Alan Garner

The Light of Day Graham Swift
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
Islands Dan Sleigh

Elizabeth Costello J.M. Coetzee
London Orbital Iain Sinclair
Family Matters Rohinton Mistry
Fingersmith Sarah Waters
The Double José Saramago

Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
Unless Carol Shields

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami
The Story of Lucy Gault William Trevor
That They May Face the Rising Sun John McGahern
In the Forest Edna O’Brien

Shroud John Banville
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Youth J.M. Coetzee

Dead Air Iain Banks
Nowhere Man Aleksandar Hemon
The Book of Illusions Paul Auster
Gabriel’s Gift Hanif Kureishi
Austerlitz W.G. Sebald
Platform Michael Houellebecq
Schooling Heather McGowan
Atonement Ian McEwan
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
Don’t Move Margaret Mazzantini
The Body Artist Don DeLillo
Fury Salman Rushdie
At Swim, Two Boys Jamie O’Neill
Choke Chuck Palahniuk
Life of Pi Yann Martel
The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargas Llosa

An Obedient Father Akhil Sharma
The Devil and Miss Prym Paulo Coelho
Spring Flowers, Spring Frost Ismail Kadare
White Teeth Zadie Smith
The Heart of Redness Zakes Mda
Under the Skin Michel Faber
Ignorance Milan Kundera
Nineteen Seventy Seven David Peace
Celestial Harmonies Péter Esterházy
City of God E.L. Doctorow
How the Dead Live Will Self
The Human Stain Philip Roth

The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
After the Quake Haruki Murakami

Small Remedies Shashi Deshpande
Super-Cannes J.G. Ballard
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Blonde Joyce Carol Oates
Pastoralia George Saunders
Timbuktu Paul Auster
The Romantics Pankaj Mishra
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
As If I Am Not There Slavenka Drakulic
Everything You Need A.L. Kennedy
Fear and Trembling Amélie Nothomb
The Ground Beneath Her Feet Salman Rushdie
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
Sputnik Sweetheart Haruki Murakami
Elementary Particles Michel Houellebecq
Intimacy Hanif Kureishi
Amsterdam Ian McEwan
Cloudsplitter Russell Banks
All Souls Day Cees Nooteboom
The Talk of the Town Ardal O’Hanlon
Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis
Another World Pat Barker
The Hours Michael Cunningham
Veronika Decides to Die Paulo Coelho
Mason & Dixon Thomas Pynchon
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Great Apes Will Self
Enduring Love Ian McEwan
Underworld Don DeLillo
Jack Maggs Peter Carey
The Life of Insects Victor Pelevin
American Pastoral Philip Roth
The Untouchable John Banville
Silk Alessandro Baricco
Cocaine Nights J.G. Ballard
Hallucinating Foucault Patricia Duncker
Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels
The Ghost Road Pat Barker
Forever a Stranger Hella Haasse
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
The Clay Machine-Gun Victor Pelevin
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
The Unconsoled Kazuo Ishiguro
Morvern Callar Alan Warner
The Information Martin Amis
The Moor’s Last Sigh Salman Rushdie
Sabbath’s Theater Philip Roth
The Rings of Saturn W.G. Sebald
The Reader Bernhard Schlink
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
Love’s Work Gillian Rose
The End of the Story Lydia Davis
Mr. Vertigo Paul Auster
The Folding Star Alan Hollinghurst
Whatever Michel Houellebecq
Land Park Kyong-ni
The Master of Petersburg J.M. Coetzee
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
Pereira Declares: A Testimony Antonio Tabucchi
City Sister Silver Jàchym Topol
How Late It Was, How Late James Kelman
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
Felicia’s Journey William Trevor
Disappearance David Dabydeen
The Invention of Curried Sausage Uwe Timm
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Looking for the Possible Dance A.L. Kennedy
Operation Shylock Philip Roth
Complicity Iain Banks
On Love Alain de Botton
What a Carve Up! Jonathan Coe
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
The Stone Diaries Carol Shields
The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides
The House of Doctor Dee Peter Ackroyd
The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood
The Emigrants W.G. Sebald
The Secret History Donna Tartt
Life is a Caravanserai Emine Özdamar
The Discovery of Heaven Harry Mulisch
A Heart So White Javier Marias
Possessing the Secret of Joy Alice Walker
Indigo Marina Warner
The Crow Road Iain Banks
Written on the Body Jeanette Winterson
Jazz Toni Morrison
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje
Smilla’s Sense of Snow Peter Høeg
The Butcher Boy Patrick McCabe
Black Water Joyce Carol Oates
The Heather Blazing Colm Tóibín
Asphodel Hilda Doolittle
Black Dogs Ian McEwan
Hideous Kinky Esther Freud
Arcadia Jim Crace
Wild Swans Jung Chang
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Time’s Arrow Martin Amis
Mao II Don DeLillo
Typical Padgett Powell
Regeneration Pat Barker
Downriver Iain Sinclair
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord Louis de Bernieres
Wise Children Angela Carter
Get Shorty Elmore Leonard
Amongst Women John McGahern
Vineland Thomas Pynchon
Vertigo W.G. Sebald
Stone Junction Jim Dodge
The Music of Chance Paul Auster
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
A Home at the End of the World Michael Cunningham
Like Life Lorrie Moore
Possession A.S. Byatt
The Buddha of Suburbia Hanif Kureishi
The Midnight Examiner William Kotzwinkle
A Disaffection James Kelman
Sexing the Cherry Jeanette Winterson
Moon Palace Paul Auster
Billy Bathgate E.L. Doctorow
Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
The Melancholy of Resistance László Krasznahorkai
The Temple of My Familiar Alice Walker
The Trick is to Keep Breathing Janice Galloway
The History of the Siege of Lisbon José Saramago
Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
London Fields Martin Amis
The Book of Evidence John Banville
Cat’s Eye Margaret Atwood
Foucault’s Pendulum Umberto Eco
The Beautiful Room is Empty Edmund White
Wittgenstein’s Mistress David Markson
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie
The Swimming-Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
Libra Don DeLillo
The Player of Games Iain M. Banks
Nervous Conditions Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams

The Radiant Way Margaret Drabble
The Afternoon of a Writer Peter Handke
The Black Dahlia James Ellroy
The Passion Jeanette Winterson
The Pigeon Patrick Süskind
The Child in Time Ian McEwan
Cigarettes Harry Mathews
The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe
The New York Trilogy Paul Auster
World’s End T. Coraghessan Boyle
Enigma of Arrival V.S. Naipaul
The Taebek Mountains Jo Jung-rae
Beloved Toni Morrison
Anagrams Lorrie Moore

Matigari Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Marya Joyce Carol Oates
Watchmen Alan/David Moore/Gibbons
The Old Devils Kingsley Amis
Lost Language of Cranes David Leavitt
An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro
Extinction Thomas Bernhard
Foe J.M. Coetzee
The Drowned and the Saved Primo Levi
Reasons to Live Amy Hempel
The Parable of the Blind Gert Hofmann
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson
The Cider House Rules John Irving
A Maggot John Fowles

Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis
Contact Carl Sagan
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Perfume Patrick Süskind
Old Masters Thomas Bernhard
White Noise Don DeLillo
Queer William Burroughs
Hawksmoor Peter Ackroyd
Legend David Gemmell
Dictionary of the Khazars Milorad Pavic
The Bus Conductor Hines James Kelman
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis José Saramago
The Lover Marguerite Duras
Empire of the Sun J.G. Ballard
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Nights at the Circus Angela Carter
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera

Blood and Guts in High School Kathy Acker
Neuromancer William Gibson
Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes
Money: A Suicide Note Martin Amis
Shame Salman Rushdie
Worstward Ho Samuel Beckett

Fools of Fortune William Trevor
La Brava Elmore Leonard
Waterland Graham Swift
The Life and Times of Michael K J.M. Coetzee
The Diary of Jane Somers Doris Lessing
The Piano Teacher Elfriede Jelinek
The Sorrow of Belgium Hugo Claus
If Not Now, When? Primo Levi
A Boy’s Own Story Edmund White
The Color Purple Alice Walker
Wittgenstein’s Nephew Thomas Bernhard
A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro
Schindler’s Ark Thomas Keneally
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
The Newton Letter John Banville
On the Black Hill Bruce Chatwin
Concrete Thomas Bernhard
The Names Don DeLillo
Rabbit is Rich John Updike
Lanark: A Life in Four Books Alasdair Gray
The Comfort of Strangers Ian McEwan
July’s People Nadine Gordimer
Summer in Baden-Baden Leonid Tsypkin
Broken April Ismail Kadare
Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Rites of Passage William Golding
Rituals Cees Nooteboom
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
City Primeval Elmore Leonard
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera
Smiley’s People John Le Carré
Shikasta Doris Lessing
A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul
Burger’s Daughter Nadine Gordimer
The Safety Net Heinrich Böll
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
The World According to Garp John Irving
Life: A User’s Manual Georges Perec
The Sea, The Sea Iris Murdoch
The Singapore Grip J.G. Farrell
Yes Thomas Bernhard
The Virgin in the Garden A.S. Byatt
In the Heart of the Country J.M. Coetzee
The Passion of New Eve Angela Carter
Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin
The Shining Stephen King
Dispatches Michael Herr
Petals of Blood Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
The Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector
The Left-Handed Woman Peter Handke
Ratner’s Star Don DeLillo
The Public Burning Robert Coover
Interview With the Vampire Anne Rice
Cutter and Bone Newton Thornburg
Amateurs Donald Barthelme
Patterns of Childhood Christa Wolf
Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel García Márquez
W, or the Memory of childhood Georges Perec
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell
Grimus Salman Rushdie
The Dead Father Donald Barthelme
Fateless Imre Kertész
Willard and His Bowling Trophies Richard Brautigan
High Rise J.G. Ballard
Humboldt’s Gift Saul Bellow
Dead Babies Martin Amis
Correction Thomas Bernhard
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
The Fan Man William Kotzwinkle
Dusklands J.M. Coetzee
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Heinrich Böll
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carré
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut
Fear of Flying Erica Jong
A Question of Power Bessie Head
The Siege of Krishnapur J.G. Farrell
The Castle of Crossed Destinies Italo Calvino
Crash J.G. Ballard
The Honorary Consul Graham Greene
Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
The Black Prince Iris Murdoch
Sula Toni Morrison
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
The Breast Philip Roth
The Summer Book Tove Jansson
G John Berger
Surfacing Margaret Atwood
House Mother Normal B.S. Johnson
In A Free State V.S. Naipaul
The Book of Daniel E.L. Doctorow
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Group Portrait With Lady Heinrich Böll
The Wild Boys William Burroughs
Rabbit Redux John Updike
The Sea of Fertility Yukio Mishima
The Driver’s Seat Muriel Spark
The Ogre Michael Tournier
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick Peter Handke
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
Mercier et Camier Samuel Beckett
Troubles J.G. Farrell
Jahrestage Uwe Johnson
The Atrocity Exhibition J.G. Ballard
Tent of Miracles Jorge Amado
Pricksongs and Descants Robert Coover
Blind Man With a Pistol Chester Hines
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
The Green Man Kingsley Amis
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
The Godfather Mario Puzo
Ada Vladimir Nabokov
Them Joyce Carol Oates
A Void/Avoid Georges Perec
Eva Trout Elizabeth Bowen
Myra Breckinridge Gore Vidal
The Nice and the Good Iris Murdoch
Belle du Seigneur Albert Cohen
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The First Circle Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick
Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid Malcolm Lowry
The German Lesson Siegfried Lenz
In Watermelon Sugar Richard Brautigan
A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines

The Quest for Christa T. Christa Wolf
Chocky John Wyndham
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe
The Cubs and Other Stories Mario Vargas Llosa
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

Pilgrimage Dorothy Richardson
The Joke Milan Kundera
No Laughing Matter Angus Wilson
The Third Policeman Flann O’Brien
A Man Asleep Georges Perec
The Birds Fall Down Rebecca West
Trawl B.S. Johnson
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Magus John Fowles
The Vice-Consul Marguerite Duras
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Giles Goat-Boy John Barth
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon
Things Georges Perec
The River Between Ngugi wa Thiong’o
August is a Wicked Month Edna O’Brien
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Kurt Vonnegut
Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery O’Connor
The Passion According to G.H. Clarice Lispector
Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey
Come Back, Dr. Caligari Donald Bartholme
Albert Angelo B.S. Johnson
Arrow of God Chinua Achebe
The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein Marguerite Duras
Herzog Saul Bellow
V. Thomas Pynchon
Cat’s Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
The Graduate Charles Webb
Manon des Sources Marcel Pagnol
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John Le Carré
The Girls of Slender Means Muriel Spark

Inside Mr. Enderby Anthony Burgess
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Collector John Fowles
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov
The Drowned World J.G. Ballard
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

Girl With Green Eyes Edna O’Brien
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Giorgio Bassani
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein
Franny and Zooey J.D. Salinger
A Severed Head Iris Murdoch
Faces in the Water Janet Frame
Solaris Stanislaw Lem
Cat and Mouse Günter Grass
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
The Violent Bear it Away Flannery O’Connor
How It Is Samuel Beckett
Our Ancestors Italo Calvino
The Country Girls Edna O’Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Rabbit, Run John Updike
Promise at Dawn Romain Gary

Cider With Rosie Laurie Lee
Billy Liar Keith Waterhouse
Naked Lunch William Burroughs
The Tin Drum Günter Grass
Absolute Beginners Colin MacInnes
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
Memento Mori Muriel Spark
Billiards at Half-Past Nine Heinrich Böll
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote
The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring Kenzaburo Oe
A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
The Bitter Glass Eilís Dillon
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe
Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris Paul Gallico
Borstal Boy Brendan Behan
The End of the Road John Barth
The Once and Future King T.H. White
The Bell Iris Murdoch
Jealousy Alain Robbe-Grillet
Voss Patrick White
The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
Blue Noon Georges Bataille
Homo Faber Max Frisch
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Pnin Vladimir Nabokov
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
The Wonderful “O” James Thurber
Justine Lawrence Durrell
Giovanni’s Room James Baldwin
The Lonely Londoners Sam Selvon
The Roots of Heaven Romain Gary
Seize the Day Saul Bellow
The Floating Opera John Barth
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
A World of Love Elizabeth Bowen

The Trusting and the Maimed James Plunkett
The Quiet American Graham Greene
The Last Temptation of Christ Nikos Kazantzákis
The Recognitions William Gaddis
The Ragazzi Pier Paulo Pasolini
Bonjour Tristesse Françoise Sagan
I’m Not Stiller Max Frisch
Self Condemned Wyndham Lewis
The Story of O Pauline Réage
A Ghost at Noon Alberto Moravia
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
The Go-Between L.P. Hartley
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Unnamable Samuel Beckett
Watt Samuel Beckett
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
Junkie William Burroughs
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin
Casino Royale Ian Fleming
The Judge and His Hangman Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar
Malone Dies Samuel Beckett
Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
Foundation Isaac Asimov
The Opposing Shore Julien Gracq
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Rebel Albert Camus
Molloy Samuel Beckett
The End of the Affair Graham Greene
The Abbot C Georges Bataille
The Labyrinth of Solitude Octavio Paz
The Third Man Graham Greene
The 13 Clocks James Thurber
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
The Grass is Singing Doris Lessing
I, Robot Isaac Asimov

The Moon and the Bonfires Cesare Pavese
The Garden Where the Brass Band Played Simon Vestdijk
Love in a Cold Climate Nancy Mitford
The Case of Comrade Tulayev Victor Serge
The Heat of the Day Elizabeth Bowen
Kingdom of This World Alejo Carpentier
The Man With the Golden Arm Nelson Algren
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
All About H. Hatterr G.V. Desani
Disobedience Alberto Moravia
Death Sentence Maurice Blanchot
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton
Doctor Faustus Thomas Mann
The Victim Saul Bellow
Exercises in Style Raymond Queneau
If This Is a Man Primo Levi
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry
The Path to the Nest of Spiders Italo Calvino
The Plague Albert Camus
Back Henry Green
Titus Groan Mervyn Peake
The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andrić

Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
Animal Farm George Orwell
Cannery Row John Steinbeck
The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford
Loving Henry Green
Arcanum 17 André Breton
Christ Stopped at Eboli Carlo Levi
The Razor’s Edge W. Somerset Maugham
Transit Anna Seghers
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges
Dangling Man Saul Bellow
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Caught Henry Green
The Glass Bead Game Herman Hesse
Embers Sandor Marai
Go Down, Moses William Faulkner
The Outsider Albert Camus
In Sicily Elio Vittorini
The Poor Mouth Flann O’Brien
The Living and the Dead Patrick White
Hangover Square Patrick Hamilton
Between the Acts Virginia Woolf
The Hamlet William Faulkner
Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
Native Son Richard Wright
The Power and the Glory Graham Greene
The Tartar Steppe Dino Buzzati
Party Going Henry Green
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Finnegans Wake James Joyce
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O’Brien
Coming Up for Air George Orwell
Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood
Tropic of Capricorn Henry Miller
Good Morning, Midnight Jean Rhys
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
After the Death of Don Juan Sylvie Townsend Warner
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
Cause for Alarm Eric Ambler
Brighton Rock Graham Greene
U.S.A. John Dos Passos
Murphy Samuel Beckett
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
The Years Virginia Woolf

In Parenthesis David Jones
The Revenge for Love Wyndham Lewis
Out of Africa Isak Dineson
To Have and Have Not Ernest Hemingway
Summer Will Show Sylvia Townsend Warner
Eyeless in Gaza Aldous Huxley
The Thinking Reed Rebecca West
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell
Keep the Aspidistra Flying George Orwell
Wild Harbour Ian MacPherson
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
At the Mountains of Madness H.P. Lovecraft
Nightwood Djuna Barnes
Independent People Halldór Laxness
Auto-da-Fé Elias Canetti
The Last of Mr. Norris Christopher Isherwood
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Horace McCoy
The House in Paris Elizabeth Bowen
England Made Me Graham Greene
Burmese Days George Orwell
The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers
Threepenny Novel Bertolt Brecht
Novel With Cocaine M. Ageyev
The Postman Always Rings Twice James M. Cain
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
Thank You, Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse
Call it Sleep Henry Roth

Miss Lonelyhearts Nathanael West
Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Gertrude Stein
Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
A Day Off Storm Jameson
The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil
A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
To the North Elizabeth Bowen

The Thin Man Dashiell Hammett
The Radetzky March Joseph Roth
The Waves Virginia Woolf
The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett
Cakes and Ale W. Somerset Maugham
The Apes of God Wyndham Lewis

Her Privates We Frederic Manning
Vile Bodies Evelyn Waugh
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
Hebdomeros Giorgio de Chirico
Passing Nella Larsen
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett
Living Henry Green
The Time of Indifference Alberto Moravia
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Berlin Alexanderplatz Alfred Döblin
The Last September Elizabeth Bowen
Harriet Hume Rebecca West
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Les Enfants Terribles Jean Cocteau
Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe
Story of the Eye Georges Bataille
Orlando Virginia Woolf
Lady Chatterley’s Lover D.H. Lawrence
The Well of Loneliness Radclyffe Hall
The Childermass Wyndham Lewis
Quartet Jean Rhys
Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh
Quicksand Nella Larsen
Parade’s End Ford Madox Ford
Nadja André Breton
Steppenwolf Herman Hesse
Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust
To The Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Tarka the Otter Henry Williamson
Amerika Franz Kafka
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
Blindness Henry Green
The Castle Franz Kafka
The Good Soldier Švejk Jaroslav Hašek
The Plumed Serpent D.H. Lawrence
One, None and a Hundred Thousand Luigi Pirandello
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie
The Making of Americans Gertrude Stein
Manhattan Transfer John Dos Passos
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Counterfeiters André Gide
The Trial Franz Kafka
The Artamonov Business Maxim Gorky
The Professor’s House Willa Cather
Billy Budd, Foretopman Herman Melville
The Green Hat Michael Arlen
The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann
We Yevgeny Zamyatin
A Passage to India E.M. Forster
The Devil in the Flesh Raymond Radiguet
Zeno’s Conscience Italo Svevo
Cane Jean Toomer
Antic Hay Aldous Huxley
Amok Stefan Zweig
The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
The Enormous Room E.E. Cummings
Jacob’s Room Virginia Woolf
Siddhartha Herman Hesse
The Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton
Life and Death of Harriett Frean May Sinclair
The Last Days of Humanity Karl Kraus
Aaron’s Rod D.H. Lawrence
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
Ulysses James Joyce
The Fox D.H. Lawrence
Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
Main Street Sinclair Lewis

Women in Love D.H. Lawrence
Night and Day Virginia Woolf
Tarr Wyndham Lewis
The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West
The Shadow Line Joseph Conrad
Summer Edith Wharton
Growth of the Soil Knut Hamsen
Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
Under Fire Henri Barbusse
Rashomon Akutagawa Ryunosuke
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
The Rainbow D.H. Lawrence
The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan
Kokoro Natsume Soseki
Locus Solus Raymond Roussel
Rosshalde Herman Hesse
Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
Death in Venice Thomas Mann
The Charwoman’s Daughter James Stephens
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
Fantômas Marcel/Pierre Allain/Souvestre
Howards End E.M. Forster
Impressions of Africa Raymond Roussel
Three Lives Gertrude Stein
Martin Eden Jack London
Strait is the Gate André Gide
Tono-Bungay H.G. Wells
The Inferno Henri Barbusse
A Room With a View E.M. Forster
The Iron Heel Jack London
The Old Wives’ Tale Arnold Bennett
The House on the Borderland Arnold Bennett
Mother Maxim Gorky
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Young Törless Robert Musil
The Forsyte Sage John Galsworthy
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
Professor Unrat Heinrich Mann

Where Angels Fear to Tread E.M. Forster
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Hadrian the Seventh Frederick Rolfe
The Golden Bowl Henry James
The Ambassadors Henry James
The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
The Immoralist André Gide
The Wings of the Dove Henry James
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann
Kim Rudyard Kipling
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. Somerville/Ross
The Stechlin Theodore Fontane
The Awakening Kate Chopin
The Turn of the Screw Henry James
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
What Maisie Knew Henry James
Fruits of the Earth André Gide

Dracula Bram Stoker
Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells
The Time Machine H.G. Wells

Effi Briest Theodore Fontane
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
The Real Charlotte Somerville/Ross
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Born in Exile George Gissing
Diary of a Nobody George & Weedon Goldsmith
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

News from Nowhere William Morris
New Grub Street George Gissing
Gösta Berling’s Saga Selma Lagerlöf
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
The Kreutzer Sonata Leo Tolstoy
La Bête Humaine Émile Zola
By the Open Sea August Strindberg
Hunger Knut Hamsun
The Master of Ballantrae Robert Louis Stevenson
Pierre and Jean Guy de Maupassant
Fortunata and Jacinta Benito Pérez Galdés
The People of Hemsö August Strindberg
The Woodlanders Thomas Hardy
She H. Rider Haggard
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
King Solomon’s Mines H. Rider Haggard
Germinal Émile Zola

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Bel-Ami Guy de Maupassant
Marius the Epicurean Walter Pater
Against the Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
A Woman’s Life Guy de Maupassant
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The House by the Medlar Tree Giovanni Verga
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
Bouvard and Pécuchet Gustave Flaubert
Ben-Hur Lew Wallace
Nana Émile Zola
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Red Room August Strindberg
Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Drunkard Émile Zola
Virgin Soil Ivan Turgenev
Daniel Deronda George Eliot
The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
The Temptation of Saint Anthony Gustave Flaubert
Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
The Enchanted Wanderer Nicolai Leskov
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
In a Glass Darkly Sheridan Le Fanu
The Devils Fyodor Dostoevsky
Erewhon Samuel Butler
Spring Torrents Ivan Turgenev
Middlemarch George Eliot
Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
King Lear of the Steppes Ivan Turgenev
He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert
Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
Maldoror Comte de Lautréaumont
The Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Thérèse Raquin Émile Zola
The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
Uncle Silas Sheridan Le Fanu

Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
Les Misérables Victor Hugo
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev
Silas Marner George Eliot
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
On the Eve Ivan Turgenev
Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
The Marble Faun Nathaniel Hawthorne
Max Havelaar Multatuli
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Oblomovka Ivan Goncharov
Adam Bede George Eliot
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
North and South Elizabeth Gaskell

Hard Times Charles Dickens
Walden Henry David Thoreau
Bleak House Charles Dickens
Villette Charlotte Brontë
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Shirley Charlotte Brontë
Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Brontë
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë

Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
The Count of Monte-Cristo Alexandre Dumas

La Reine Margot Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
The Purloined Letter Edgar Allan Poe
Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens
The Pit and the Pendulum Edgar Allan Poe
Lost Illusions Honoré de Balzac

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Dead Souls Nikolay Gogol

The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

The Nose Nikolay Gogol
Le Père Goriot Honoré de Balzac
Eugénie Grandet Honoré de Balzac
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo
The Red and the Black Stendhal
The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni
Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner James Hogg
The Albigenses Charles Robert Maturin
Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Robert Maturin
The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
Persuasion Jane Austen
Ormond Maria Edgeworth
Rob Roy Sir Walter Scott
Emma Jane Austen
Mansfield Park Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
The Absentee Maria Edgeworth

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
Elective Affinities Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Castle Rackrent Maria Edgeworth
Hyperion Friedrich Hölderlin
The Nun Denis Diderot
Camilla Fanny Burney
The Monk M.G. Lewis
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe
The Interesting Narrative Olaudah Equiano
The Adventures of Caleb Williams William Godwin
Justine Marquis de Sade
Vathek William Beckford
The 120 Days of Sodom Marquis de Sade
Cecilia Fanny Burney
Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Reveries of a Solitary Walker Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Evelina Fanny Burney
The Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Humphrey Clinker Tobias George Smollett
The Man of Feeling Henry Mackenzie
A Sentimental Journey Laurence Sterne
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole
Émile; or, On Education Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rameau’s Nephew Denis Diderot
Julie; or, the New Eloise Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rasselas Samuel Johnson
Candide Voltaire
The Female Quixote Charlotte Lennox
Amelia Henry Fielding
Peregrine Pickle Tobias George Smollett
Fanny Hill John Cleland
Tom Jones Henry Fielding
Roderick Random Tobias George Smollett
Clarissa Samuel Richardson
Pamela Samuel Richardson
Jacques the Fatalist Denis Diderot
Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus J. Arbuthnot et al.
Joseph Andrews Henry Fielding
A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Roxana Daniel Defoe
Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe
Love in Excess Eliza Haywood
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
A Tale of a Tub Jonathan Swift
Oroonoko Aphra Behn
The Princess of Clèves Marie-Madelaine de Lafayatte
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Unfortunate Traveller Thomas Nashe
Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit John Lyly
Gargantua and Pantagruel Françoise Rabelais
The Thousand and One Nights Anonymous
The Golden Ass Lucius Apuleius
Aithiopika Heliodorus
Chaireas and Kallirhoe Chariton
Metamorphoses Ovid
Aesop’s Fables Aesopus