1001 Books, Part II

Continued from Part I of my wondering about the 1001 Books to read before you DIE. Based on comments from yesterday’s post I’m thinking this list may not be as authoritative as perceived.

I’ve read one of the books below, that makes my average 1.5%.  I do recognize a fair number of the authors, that’s something, right? Have you read these?

101. Silk – Alessandro Baricco
102. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
103. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
104. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
105. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
106. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
107. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
108. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
109. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
110. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
111. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
112. The Information – Martin Amis
113. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
114. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
115. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
116. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
117. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
118. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
119. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
120. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
121. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
122. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
123. Land – Park Kyong-ni
124. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
125. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
126. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
127. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
128. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
129. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
130. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
131. Disappearance – David Dabydeen
132. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
133. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
135. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
136. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
137. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
138. Complicity – Iain Banks
139. On Love – Alain de Botton
140. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
141. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
142. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
144. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
145. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
146. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
147. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
148. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
149. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
150. A Heart So White – Javier Marias
151. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
152. Indigo – Marina Warner
153. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
154. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
155. Jazz – Toni Morrison
156. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
157. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
158. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
159. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
160. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
161. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
162. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
163. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
164. Arcadia – Jim Crace
165. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
167. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
168. Mao II – Don DeLillo
169. Typical – Padgett Powell
170. Regeneration – Pat Barker
171. Downriver – Iain Sinclair
172. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
173. Wise Children – Angela Carter
174. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
175. Amongst Women – John McGahern
176. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
177. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
178. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
179. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
180. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
181. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
182. Like Life – Lorrie Moore
183. Possession – A.S. Byatt
184. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
185. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
186. A Disaffection – James Kelman
187. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
188. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
189. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
190. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
191. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
192. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
193. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
194. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
195. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
196. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
197. London Fields – Martin Amis
198. The Book of Evidence – John Banville
199. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
200. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

11 smart people left their mark:

  1. melissaz, 20. October 2009, 6:50

    On this list:

    Foucault’s Pendulum (but a loooooong time ago)
    Billy Bathgate (meh)
    Infinite Jest (but DFW is not for everyone)
    Get Shorty (really funny)

     
  2. Rachel, 20. October 2009, 7:40

    Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood; The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx; Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood. I have books by other authors, just not the ones listed…

     
  3. Mary, 20. October 2009, 8:20

    I’ve read Cat’s Eye and Smilla’s Sense of Snow…I’ve seen 3 or 4 others as movies…does that count?

     
  4. Nylonthread, 20. October 2009, 9:48

    I’m with Mary, I’ve seen several of the movies and read fewer!
    107. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace (read)
    134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (watched)
    143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (read)
    163. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud (watched)
    166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (watched)
    174. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard (watched)
    177. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald (watched)
    190. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro (watched)

     
  5. Laura, 20. October 2009, 11:32

    American Psycho
    Remains of the day
    A Prayer for Owen Meany—must read!

    I’ve seen a TON of these in movie form…I used to laugh at people who had watched the movies rather than read the book. Damn.

     
  6. pamela, 20. October 2009, 18:01

    Wow. Is this the randy portion of the list? Mee. OW!

    The one book I’ve read off this section is A Prayer For Owen Meany. And it is my most favorite book since movable type.

     
  7. Catherine, 20. October 2009, 19:04

    That’s two votes for A Prayer for Owen Meany – I’ll add it to my Shelfari list.

    If we’re counting movies, I’m not as culturally unaware as it seems:
    134. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
    143. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
    156. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
    166. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
    174. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard

     
  8. Beth Partin, 21. October 2009, 11:36

    I’ve read Shipping News, Written on the Body, and Sexing the Cherry. I would definitely recommend Sexing the Cherry or the Passion by Jeanette Winterson, but not Written on the Body (again, a more experimental book). I’m pretty sure that I haven’t seen anything by Toni Morrison so far, who won the Nobel Prize.

     
  9. Beth Partin, 21. October 2009, 11:38

    Whoops, Jazz is there. I hope Song of Solomon appears on this list.

     
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  11. Abbey, 24. October 2009, 14:46

    Whoo-Hoo! I’m up one! Finally! I’ve read The Virgin Suicides.

    I liked it.

    And…uh…does it count that I’ve seen some of the movies of these books on the list? :)