Which of Art Garfunkel's Top 50 have you read?

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Which of Art Garfunkel's Top 50 have you read?

Postby jonas » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:46 pm

Inspired by this thread.

4. Feb 1969 L.N. Tolstoy War and Peace 1869 1444 pp.
6. Sep 1969 Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights 1847 320 pp.
11. Jan 1972 L. N. Tolstoy Anna Karenina 1873 852 pp.
13. Oct 1973 Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice 1797 430 pp.
16. Jun 1975 Henry James Portrait of a Lady 1881 545 pp.
21. Sep 1977 Stephen King The Shining 1977 447 pp.
24. Apr 1978 Robert M. Persig [sic] Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 1974 406 pp.
26. May 1978 Marcel Proust Swann's Way 1928 325 pp.
29. Sep 1978 Robertson Davies Fifth Business 1970 268 pp.
31. Aug 1979 Jean Rhys Good Morning, Midnight 1974 190 pp.
34. Nov 1979 Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure 1896 164 pp.
38. Sep 1980 Marcel Proust Within a Budding Grove 1920 386 pp.
41. Mar 1981 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1916 253 pp.
46. Jan 1982 Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own 1929 118 pp.

I've bailed out on quite a few others...

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Postby Jake » Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:26 pm

5. May 1969 Philip Roth Portnoy's Complaint 1969 274 pp.
6. Sep 1969 Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights 1847 320 pp.
16. Jun 1975 Henry James Portrait of a Lady 1881 545 pp.
30. Dec 1978 Jack Kerouac On the Road 1955 310 pp.
41. Mar 1981 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1916 253 pp.
44. Oct 1981 Saint Augustine Confessions 398 a.d. 347 pp.
46. Jan 1982 Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own 1929 118 pp.

Wait, is there a Top 50 somewhere? I'm just going off the first 50 of his 135 favorites, which are ranked by the date he read them, not in order of preference: http://www.artgarfunkel.com/favorites.html

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Postby Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:14 pm

Well, I watched The Shining on A&E about a year ago...

So, I have a different reading list than Artie. Has he read my master's thesis? No, I didn't think so.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:34 am

Here's my matches:

14. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

16. Henry James - Portrait of a Lady

21. Stephen King - The Shining

30. Jack Kerouac - On the Road

45. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Don Quixote

53. William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience

61. J.D. Salinger - Nine Stories

96. Mark Twain - Innocents Abroad

125. Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man

131. Jacques Barzun - From Dawn to Decadence


Out of all these, the ones I'd actually call favorites would be Sherlock Holmes, The Shining, On The Road and Invisible Man.

The rest are all great books (not the Salinger so much - I think he's overrated).

Also, William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience is one of the toughest books I ever read. I never did finish it - I bailed about 2/3's of the way. If anyone can plow through that dense tome they're a better man than I.

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Postby jonas » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:34 am

Jake wrote:Wait, is there a Top 50 somewhere? I'm just going off the first 50 of his 135 favorites, which are ranked by the date he read them, not in order of preference: http://www.artgarfunkel.com/favorites.html


Meh, I missed that. I'll go back at some point and do like Shecky did, and match to all 135. Not that I expect to find a lot more. :)

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Postby AlejandroRuz » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:54 am

What a pretentious elitist asshole this Garfunkel is.

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Postby Barabajagal » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:57 am

Bailed on a bunch of them. E.g. I could only read so much about Portnoy shellacking his shillelagh.

14. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1892 loved it
30. Jack Kerouac On the Road 1955 loved it
41. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1916 loved it
60. James Joyce Ulysses 1921 ???
61. J.D. Salinger Nine Stories 1953 loved it but I agree, overrrated
105. John Updike Rabbit, Run 1960 I like Couples more
109. Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of Seven Gables 1851 kinda boring, don't really remember
111. Hermann Hesse Demian thought it was cool
126. D.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers, aka Incest is Best: DH Lawrence puts his Mother to the Test 1913 eeeeuuwww, gross!

Note: When I say I "read" Joyce's Ulysses, I mean my eyes skimmed over the words on many of the pages.
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Postby Jake » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:58 am

Here are mine from 51-135 then:

76. Jan 1986 Virgil The Aeneid 30-19bc. 336 pp.
88. Feb 1988 Fyodor Dostoevsky Notes from the Underground 1864 158 pp.
97. Jul 1990 Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar 1963 216 pp.
109. Apr 1992 Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of Seven Gables 1851 245 pp.
112. May 1994 Franz Kafka The Trial 1920 256 pp.
125. Au. 1998 Ralph Ellison Invisible Man 1952 469 pp.
130. May 2000 Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God 1937
135. Feb 2003 Charles Bukowski Post Office 1971 196 pp.

I think old Garf is goofy. If you look at his full list, he read The Great Gatsby in Feb 1969. But it's not on his favorites list. What kind of lunatic doesn't have Gatsby on their favorites list? Or Catch 22.

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Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:19 am

Haven't read much of what's on his top 50. This was all I could claim:

23. Apr 1978 Charles Darwin The Origin of Species 1859 460 pp
30. Dec 1978 Jack Kerouac On the Road 1955 310 pp
35. De 1979 Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels 1726 360 pp
39. Feb 1981 Edward Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Abridged) 1787

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Postby miss carol » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:16 pm

[ah yes this is much better]

Of his top 50, this is it:

4. Feb 1969 L.N. Tolstoy War and Peace 1869 1444 pp.
10. Jul 1971 Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre 1947 477 pp.
13. Oct 1973 Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice 1797 430 pp.
29. Sep 1978 Robertson Davies Fifth Business 1970 268 pp.
30. Dec 1978 Jack Kerouac On the Road 1955 310 pp.
35. De 1979 Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels 1726 360 pp.


We share some of the same authors, but not necessarily the titles. And I share your opinion about Catch-22. One of my customers didn't like it, either. Hmm. I guess she won't like what I sold her. Too bad for her.


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