From your gut, just spill out your top 5 novels. Try not to think about it too much, lest you doubt yourself/worry about people calling you pleb, etc. Mine are, in no particular order
Mason & Dixon (Pynchon)
Les Miserables (Hugo)
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami) -- inb4 pleb
The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)
Doctor Faustus (Mann)
The Unconsoled (Ishiguro)
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (Jin, chink shit)
Shit have to agonize what to leave out now this is hard...
The Waves or To The Lighthouse (Woolf)
The Name of the Rose (Eco)
The Master of Go (Kawabata)
Death with Interruptions (Saramago)
>tfw went over 5 and still have a bunch more I want to list
too hard senpai.
The pigeon (Suskind)
Froth on the daydream (vian)
Franny and Zooey (Salinger)
The trial (Kafka)
IJ (sorry, senpai)
It led me to read other Russel Hoban, and Linger Awhile is also one of my favorites now.
Something Strance Across the River (novella?)
The Razor's Edge
The Sun Also Rises
The Charterhouse of Parma
By Night In Chile
This is pretty biased because I'm remembering things I've read recently.
Amsterdam Stories - Nescio
Labyrinths - Borges (only complete collection of his I've read)
Stoner - Williams
The Dead - Joyce (none of his other works connect with me like this one)
...maybe the Confusions of Young Torless?
The first 2 are definitive, the others are subject to change.
Wind Up Bird Chronicle
Stories Of Your Life and Others
The Man Who Was Thursday
What's so great about Gravity's Rainbow? Haven't read it
A Confederacy of Dunces
Ham on Rye
Under the Net
I loved it translated---I have the Elsworth edition, but I do intend on buying and rereading through the other two big translations (McDuff and Maguire/Malmstad).
It's really a toss-up, unlike with a lot of other great works that have a definitive translation (e.g. Guerney for Gogol's "Dead Souls," Davis for Flaubert), it's truly a toss-up. Elsworth does not have any annotations while M/M has, from what I've heard, a large amount of very detailed notes, if that helps you decide at all.
That's cool. I do the same although I'm struggling to care about Runaway Horses at the moment.
I finished Toole before it and Bukowski before that, which is probably why your list stuck out. I liked A Confederacy of Dunces less the ending, and didn't really care for Ham on Rye. To each their own.
I didn't read much for leisure until the last couple years.
Ham on Rye seemed like the odd one out on your list. Not very humorous besides a few quips, but if you liked it, consider Ask the Dust by Fante.
Gurney only translated "Dead Souls," as far as I know. And as for his short stories, I've only ever checked out the P&V collection, so I cannot comment on the quality of the already limited options.
The Diamond Age
Stranger in a Strange Land
I Will Fear No Evil
Brave New World
>I just like Bukowski because he's ugly and his life sounds so shitty and yet he has a good time and fucks a lot
And that's the reason why you consider "Ham on Rye" one of your favourite novels.
Don't try to hide behind that cynical hedonist mask, son. We already noticed your shitty taste.
The Shadow of the Wind - Zafon
The Things They Carried
Do Androids Dream of electric sheep?
I'm aware of plebish tastes
I read the book
when I was in jailand I couldn't put it down. The book grabbed hold of me. I can't speak for his other work but that book in particular I love, it's like a love letter to pulp. It transcends what should be cheesiness to something greater in my opinion. I can see why someone would have that opinion of him but I think it's all in the mindset with which you read it
Cien años de soledad
La ciudad y los perros
A confederacy of dunces
The name of the rose
>top 5 novels
>posts not novels
entry level, but fine
entry level pleb
fine, potentially patrician
fine, potentially patrician
entry level patrician
entry level patrician
I live in latin america and I wouldn't call someone who reads Umberto Eco, García Márquez or Roberto Bolaño a patrician because actually that's average literature that you can find in a supermarket next to magazines
Fathers and Sons
All the Pretty Horses
>tfw subconsciously sucking off Russian realism
Literary minded high school senior detected. I'm actually not making fun of you because those are all pretty good books. The list just reads like mine would have read when I was 19.
good lord, pleb
heyyy, havent heard of some of these, thanks
you're alright, Miss Lonelyhearts is weak but the rest is alright
My good christ, do you people only read books you see on /lit/? or have you only been reading for like 2 months? if you boring fucks would branch out a little bit this board could be so much more interesting
Just stop doing this. You're embarrassing yourself. I guarantee you haven't read 1/5 of the books from the lists of the people whom you call plebs.
that was my first post in this thread
most of those books have been circled on lit since 2012. when youre here for more than a few moths, you'll understand
stop making assumptions, you're embarrassing yourself
>I read obscure books
Have you finished the canon? How do you justify spending time reading irrelevant books?!
>I read classics
Lol, look who just found /lit/ ! Get some taste, fag.
I just can't win on this board.
>Like Water for Chocolate
Go back to reddit, and take your shitty plebeian tastes with you.
You don't belong here.