Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Book 'em Danno

I stumbled on a list of great books on Jordan Peterson's website yesterday, via a tweet as I recall. By a strange coincidence I blogged about the Queen's Jubilee booklist exactly a year ago (Icons passim).

Here's JP's selection.
  1. Beyle, Marie-Henri (Stendhal): The Charterhouse of Parma
  2. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  3. Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita
  4. Cary, Joyce: The Horse’s Mouth
  5. Dalyrmple, Theodore: Our Culture: What’s Left of It
  6. Dalrymple, Theodore: Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
  7. Dostoevesky, Fyodor: Notes from Underground
  8. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Devils
  9. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot
  10. Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  11. Hammet, Dashiel: The Maltese Falcon
  12. Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea
  13. Huxley, Aldous: Point Counterpoint
  14. Kazantzakis, Nikos: The Fratricides
  15. Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek
  16. Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  17. Laurence, Margaret: The Stone Angel
  18. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
  19. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Beyond Good and Evil
  20. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Antichrist
  21. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Gay Science
  22. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Will to Power
  23. Pirsig, Robert: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  24. Shem, Samuel: The House of God
  25. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: Cancer Ward
  26. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: The First Circle
  27. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: The Gulag Archipelago: Vol. 1Vol. 2Vol. 3. (alternatively, all three volumes abridged into one)
  28. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  29. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
  30. Thompson, Hunter S: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  31. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
  32. Troyat, Henri: Tolstoy
Let's see, which have I read? Off the top of my head, I can remember 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20, 25, 27, 29, 35 ,36 ,38, 47 & 51. That's 17 out of 51; not too shabby and a high enough strike rate in terms of quality to recommend the 34 I haven't got round to yet.

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