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

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Postby jonas » Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:09 pm

Jake wrote:What kind of lunatic doesn't have Gatsby on their favorites list? Or Catch 22.

I agree with you on both of those. I wonder if he rereads books...maybe he read them so young that he didn't really get how amazing they were?

Of course, he played Nately in the movie version of Catch 22, so maybe he'd had enough of it.

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Postby jaimoe0 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:11 am

I guess we don't love the same authors:

5. May 1969 Philip Roth Portnoy's Complaint
24. Apr 1978 Robert M. Persig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
30. Dec 1978 Jack Kerouac On the Road
41. Mar 1981 James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
42. Jun 1981 Gary Zukav The Dancing Wu Li Masters
47. Feb 1982 Baldesar Castiglione The Book of the Courtier

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Postby MF » Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:20 pm

Garfunkel's list of favourites is actually in chronological order, or more precisely, the order in which Art read them. You'd think such a list would be more likely to start with Go Dog Go...

As for trying to match-up lists, here's mine.

6. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights - High school english. Relly not down with the Victorians. Hated this book...

15. Robert A. Caro, The Power Broker - a fantastic book that could double as a cinder block. Perhaps the largest book in my collection.

21. Stephen King, The Shining - read it after seeing the movie in the mid-80s.

24. Robert M. Persig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle - read it in 1990 or so because everyone else did. Don't recall a thing about it.

26. Marcel Proust, Swann's Way - always makes me think of A.J. Leibling's great quote: Imagine what he could have written if he'd eaten something more substantial. I've started it many times (we even own two different sets of translations) but I've never made it very far...

28. Fydor Dostoevsky, The Idiot - read this one for, of all things, a Poli Sci course

29. Robertson Davies, Fifth Business - I think there's a by-law that requires all Canadians to read this in high school.

30. Jack Kerouac, On the Road - wanted to like it more than I did.

41. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - first year English Lit

44. Saint Augustine, Confessions - second year Political Philosophy

48. D.M. Thomas, The White Hotel - Ugh. Another piece of school required reading. Didn't dig it.

56. Henry David Thoreau, Walden - some people really should live alone in the woods.

61. J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories - how big is an elephant?

82. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan - more second year political philosophy

88. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground - I read it, but I don't have a punchline.

89. George Eliot, Middlemarch - Thanks but no thanks to Grade 10 English. Hated it.

90. Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail - haven't read the book, but in the video game version I couldn't get enough of deer hunting (I often died of cholera).

92. E.L. Doctorrow, Billy Bathgate - went through a huge Doctorow jag in 1992 or so and then he wrote the Waterworks and I don't think I've read him since.

102. Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations - read and re-read too many times.

112. Franz Kafka, The Trial - reminds me of a girlfriend from 1986.

115. Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy - One of my Poli Sci profs was obssessed with Kissinger. I read this to score brownie points.

118. Stendahl, The Red and the Black - one of my best pal's favourite books, read it to humour him. Pretty good read.

126. D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers - read it in first year English Lit.

Upon further reflection, if it weren't for high school English and two or three courses at uni, I don't know that I'd have read more than three of the books on his list.

I'll echo other comments, astounded that the Great Gatsby isn't on here...

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Postby jonas » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:38 pm

Picking up from my original post to get the rest of his list...still not that many matches:

54. Mar 1983 Thornton Wilder The Bridge of San Luis Rey 1927 124 pp.
56. Aug 1983 Henry David Thoreau Walden 1854 247 pp.
58. Sep 1983 W. Somerset Maugham The Razor's Edge 1944 314 pp.
61. Mar 1984 J.D. Salinger Nine Stories 1953 198 pp.
70. Jul 1985 Marcel Proust The Guermantes Way 1925 425 pp.
78. Sep 1986 William Kennedy Ironweed 1983 227 pp.
92. Mar 1989 E.L. Doctorrow Billy Bathgate 1989 323 pp.
105. Nov 1991 John Updike Rabbit, Run 1960 249 pp.
109. Apr 1992 Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of Seven Gables 1851 245 pp.
118. Apr 1995 Stendahl The Red and the Black 1830 574 pp.
124. May 1998 Patrick Süskind Perfume 1985 263 pp.
127. Feb 1999 Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha 1997 428 pp.

Memoirs of a Geisha? Seriously? I did like The Red and the Black a lot , though, and I just reread Billy Bathgate and found it better than I recalled from almost 20 years ago.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:10 am

MF wrote:30. Jack Kerouac, On the Road - wanted to like it more than I did.

That's interesting. I loved On The Road, but I think I enjoyed Big Sur more.

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