Monday, July 13, 2009

Books for Lunch, as well...

As I am reading TEARS IN THE DARKNESS: THE STORY OF THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH AND ITS AFTERMATH, I think about all of the atrocities of American soldiers and how little I have read about them (other than during the Vietnam War). I want to read about that.

Then, I started thinking about how quiet it has been since I stopped checking my email account and moved to Facebook. Where are the book recommendations? What has made your summer or changed your year? What is your all-time favorite book that you cannot believe I have overlooked?

11 comments:

Abs said...

All-time favorite? Difficult to say! But I can give you a list of books I liked:
- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
- Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

And I think I don't need to mention any of John Irving's books? Though I can't find a review of any on your blog.

Nathan said...

When cornered, the handful of books I always fall back on are:

- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- The Books of Blood anthologies by Clive Barker

I also recently skimmed back through Peter Benchley's Beast and rather enjoyed it. Benchley has often been accused of retreading Jaws in his later books but when I reread Beast I got the feeling he was writing something of a commentary on Jaws-like stories.

Eric Rohr said...

I've been on a Roth kick lately. Loved "Indignation." Just polished off Zuckerman Bound (of the four collected novels, I liked "The Ghost Writer" the best) and am working on later Zuckerman books, at the moment, "The Human Stain."

On deck: "Wise Blood," Flannery O'Connor

I think something from Stewart O'Nan deserves your attention. I recommend "Last Night at the Lobster" or "The Good Wife."

Kristin Dodge said...

I think I went through my Irving phase very quickly for five years before the conception of the blog.

Nathan, I *live* Lord of the Flies at home. Kidding, of course.

Excellent recommendations... keep 'em coming.

Maggie May said...

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Big House by ?

HWOSG by Dave Eggers

On Beauty by zadie ?

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Katie said...

Hi Kristin, I've left you an award on my blog! :)

Susan said...

Here are some books I've liked over the years.
-Nervous Conditions by Tsitsti Dangerembga
-The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
-Mila 18 by Leon Uris
-Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Jason said...

Here are a few:

Any of the four novels by Nathanael West, but especially Miss Lonelyhearts.

Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.

Carson McCullers's Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Albert Camus's The Stranger. (If you're into philosophical essays, I'd recommend his Myth of Sisyphus, as well.)

Kristin Dodge said...

Excellent list, all... perhaps my library will take me back after a fairly large fine for late books.

Abs said...

I'm reading Of Human Bondage by Maugham, and if you haven't read it then I urge you to do so! I'm still not even halfway through but already it's on the top of my list of favorite books!
Please, please, please read it next!

Kristin Dodge said...

Abs... I just put in a request for it. Thanks for the recommendation!