What essential books should one read in a life time? I'm talking the essentials -- a novel that leaves a mark on the reader. Make a list /lit/ for me, so I can add these to my bookshelf.
Your bookshelf you in theory reflect the things you like
Your taste in theory should be matured through the consumption of aesthetics
So that should someone see your book shelf they would, if they are a reader, know what you find interesting
What I have so far -- and what I'm slowly going through.
Dante’s Divine Comedy or Inferno
John Milton’s Paradise Lost
C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia
J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy & Hobbit
Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
David Riesman’s Lonely Crowd
Daniel J. Boorstin’s The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency
Sloan Wilson’s Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
George Orwell’s 1984 & Animal Farm
Alduos Huxley’s Brave New World
J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men & The Grapes of Wrath
Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five
Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man
Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince
Neil Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God
James Joyce’s Ulysses
Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (Just added)
Anything to do with philosophy I usually add to my list and read
The Dialogues of Plato (At least: Euthyphro, Crito, Apology, Phaedo, Symposium, Laches, Republic)
The Histories of Herodotus
The Plays of Shakespeare
The Poetry of Whitman
The Bhagavad Gita
Sun & Steel
The Kingdom of God is in You
This is a terrible list, just look at Bloom's Canon. You're significantly lacking in anything that isn't part of popular culture. There's a difference between great literary works and the great literary works most people are aware of.
Loved it, but isn't a hundred years of solitude more important?
Also don't call him just Marquez, that's his mother's surname, it can lead to confusion. Everyone knows him as Garcia Marquez
>more than 15 posts
>Faust by Goethe unmentioned
And this board keeps showing it's full of plebs that didn't read half the books they tall about.
You should read it OP. One of the greatest works literature has to offer.
>doesn't mean we're all plebs like you.
Yes, indeed, you are.
Also Faust's great. Both parts.
>your a patrician
Are you doing this on purpose?
I could imagine philopshy would be something having quite an impact, however I literally haven't even read one page of philophsy
Anyway, 1984 and animal farm by George Orwell are a must read
Books that have made an impact on me and would never want to give up.
KJV Bible, Iliad & Odyssey, Complete Works of Plato, Histories by Herodotus, Histories by Thucydides, The Oresteia, The Odepius Plays, Lives by Plutarch, The Divine Comedy, Canterbury Tales, St. Augustine's Confessions, Don Quixote, Hamlet, Macbeth, Midsummer Nights Dream, Shakespeare's Poetry, Paradise Lost, Complete poetry of John Donne, Complete Poetry of John Keats, Essays by Emerson, Walden, Moby-Dick, and Brave New World.
Haven't read much 20th or 21st century literature
I really have no idea why /lit/ ignores Faust. It's really strange because other great works are mentioned here and there and it should be one of the first books people mention to someone asking what OP asked. Timeless literature that only gets better with age.
Let them meme all they want. It doesn't. Sure, you're going to lose some if not all of Goethe's rhymes and metres because of the difficulty of translating an extremely complex text like this, but after you experience the vastness of this masterpiece you can only feel admiration for such genius.
My knowledge about translations for Faust is limited to Spanish, so make sure you do your research. My humble advice is to target a translation that cares more about meaning than sound and medium to heavily annotated (it's full of references and the second part is hard as fuck).
Notes from Underground and the Brothers Karamazov. Those two books completely changed me as a person. Honorable mentions:
1) Hunger by Knut Janson
2) Paradife Loft
3) Love in the time of Cholera
4) Catch 22
And one book that's near and dear to my heart is something called The Cay written by Theodore Taylor. It's not as good as the classics but it's the first book I remember to have read. It probably made the biggest impression on me.
>moby dick changed your life
Lmao nigga have toy even read the book? It's an excellent book, but the subject matter simply isn't supposed to change your life you mango! It's literally about a cripple and a fish
The Denial of Death.
Started rereading it and it's basically what The Myth of Sisyphus and all the other existentialist writings should have been. A fantastic merger of psychology, philosophy and spirituality.
Vladmir Nabokov - Lolita.
>Convinced me of the sheer vivacity and evocative beauty language can have. Contributed to my belief that communication and self-expression are the most powerful tools at our disposal.
Richard Yates - Revolutionary Road
>The most affecting account of how our wants clash with and are distorted by what is expected of us. How we long to escape our immediate surroundings and people, how we live vicariously through others and how we rationalize our bullshit while pointing the finger elsewhere at signs of unhappiness. Middle class ennui is well-trodden ground, but never with as much human insight as this
i just read the good ol' garnett translation, but i really enjoy the victorian style of literature. avoid P&V, very clunky, but i'd just look through a few different samples, and pick whichever one flows best for you.
>Faust by Goethe is ebin
O look, it's some pleb who cannot into Schiller
Keep trying. 2/10 for making me answer.
Pretty good lists.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Holy Bible
100 Years of Solitude
Sons and Lovers
A Farewell to Arms
The Brothers Karamazov
The Sound and the Fury
Where should one begin with philosophy? Which ones should one avoid?
I have already buried myself deep in all kinds of different texts of philosophy, but I worry that I'm too deep in and have missed or written off the essentials
How do you deal with never being able to read all the books you want to in your lifetime? I'm only 18 and I'm already terrified that there's just not enough time to get through, it seems, even a fraction
I used to feel the same way, and still do sometimes, but I realized it actually made me appreciate books less. I don't want to think of them as titles to cross off a list or something to "get through." Just try to give whatever book you're reading at the moment you full attention and get as much enjoyment out of it as you can.
Plenty of things I'm not going to accomplish before I die. About literature specifically, I used to be depressed by that thought and felt crushed by the sheer size of the literary work of men until I started appreciating its vastness instead of viewing it as a negative thing.
You're young anyway and probably want to read every thing at the same time and desire all that sweet knowledge right now, but trust me, it goes away with time. At least in most cases.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.
Followed immediately by Upanishads.
Pure distilled philosophy of life, and beautifully written both.
Disagree with you on Lolita proving the power of language as a tool. Lolita is entirely masturbatory and that is why it is beautiful. Language is too ludicrously flowery to be conflated with communication and understanding.