A very personal list


Some of the books that made a difference at a certain time in my life (not necessarily all of them are also my favourites.)

George Orwell: 1984

Henrik Ibsen:Doll’s House

William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!

Mark Twain: The adventures of Tom Sawyer

Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

Thomas Mann: Death in Venice

Franz Kafka: The Castle, The Metamorphosis

Fyodor M Dostoyevsky: Crime and punishment.

Francois Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Denis Diderot, Jacques, the Fatalist and his Master

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Virginia Woolf, The Waves, Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, To the Lighthouse

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Homer, The Odyssey

Sophocles, Oedipus The King

Honore de Balzac, Old Goriot

Emile Zola, The Belly of Paris

Ernest Hemingway, For whom the bell tolls, The garden of Eden

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Juan Rulfo, The Burning Plain and other Stories

Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Stendhal, The Red and The Black

DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Albert Camus, The Stranger

Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

James Joyce, Dubliners,  A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Kazuo Ishiguro, The remains of the day, Never let me go

Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence

William Golding, Lord of the flies

Juan Jose Saer, The Witness

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

(to be continued)

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