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19 Aug 2019, 4:45 pm

The Riverside Shakespeare
The Bible
Memories, Dreams, Reflections - Carl Jung
Brighton Rock - Graham Greene
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Beowulf
Collected Poems - Ted Hughes
England's Dreaming - Jon Savage
Shakespeare: the Invention of the Human - Harold Bloom
The Meaning of Shakespeare - Harold Goddard
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Collected Short Stories - Anton Chekov
Complete Fictions Jorge Luis Borges
The Black Sheep Balzac
My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
Arthur Rimbaud - Enid Stark
The Birth of Tragedy Nietzsche
The Trial - Franz Kafka
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Dream and the Underworld - James Hillman
Collected Poems - Emily Dickinson
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Fences - August Wilson


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19 Aug 2019, 5:16 pm

Oh dear, I'm sure this will be something I will want to keep coming back to again and again and again...

Off the top of my head and in no particular order:

Master and Margarita, Bulgakov

The Devils, followed closely by the K Brothers (The Devils was my first encounter with Dostoevsky, at 14, so add sentimental value)

The Devils of Loudun, Huxley

Dead Souls, Gogol

On Heroes and Tombs, Ernesto Sabato - all his (3) books actually (if you're still following this thread, OP, do you know him? He originally studied for his PhD in Physics in Paris and actually worked with Madame Curie. Camus gave his first book a glowing review)

The Philosophy of Tragedy, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche, Lev Chestov

I'll be sure to remember a whole lot later, from what has been mentioned, definitely Clockwork Orange and A confederacy of Dunces, hard to choose which Vonnegut

Not a huge fan of poetry but definitely Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Swinburne and William Blake.

Anything Kafka, Camus, Checkov. Oscar Wilde and Emily Brontë are worth at least an honorary mention and then then I have a soft spot for the utterly amazing South American fiction, particularly Marquez, Llosa and Borges... Casares and Cortazar lol

Until next time :lol:

When I was young we used to play which book, which record would you take with you on a desert island...


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22 Aug 2019, 8:38 am

Bible
Luther's Small Catechism
War and Peace
The Brothers Karamazov
Grapes of Wrath
Les Misérables
Wuthering Heights
Vanity Fair
Mere Christianity
Animal Farm


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22 Aug 2019, 8:41 am

Oh, I forgot the short story greats. I definitely second the recommendations of Kafka and Gogol. I'd throw Stephen Crane in there, too.


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22 Aug 2019, 5:08 pm

You have excellent taste, kdm.


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22 Aug 2019, 5:24 pm

BenderRodriguez wrote:
You have excellent taste, kdm.


I noticed a lot of overlap in our favorites :)


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22 Aug 2019, 7:58 pm

My bookshelves are crammed with books up to the ceiling.

One River by Wade Davis

Survival of the Bark Canoe by John McPhee

For starters.


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26 Aug 2019, 8:13 am

My favorite is definitely Torey Hayden's Somebody else's kids, but another one of her works, Just another child, isn't far behind, either. Both are true stories by the way.

I'm also a fan of Täällä pohjantähden alla -trilogy (Here under the North star in English) by Väinö Linna and of Tuntematon sotilas (Unknown soldier) by the same author.



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31 Aug 2019, 9:47 pm

Non-fiction (and thoughtful fiction based-on truth) is a favorite. Yet, I've been advised to investigate fiction (as a diversion to facts-based content - common interests with Autism).

To focus on fiction. No specific authors come to mind; yet I've felt my fiction interests are orientated around the genre of metafiction (SEE LINK).

I even feel that interest in metafiction may relate to difficulties in following the subtleties of storylines; that is the Autism Spectrum can present difficulties in following storylines. Metafiction can act as "signposts of sorts" and can help with guidance in following storylines.

Kurt Vonnegut was mentioned a couple of times in this discussion thread. I enjoyed Vonnegut's 'Breakfast of Champions.' 'Timequake' is recommended. These two works thoughtfully apply metafiction.

Metafiction
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_m ... onal_works