Friday, September 21, 2007

READ MORE THAN ONCE LIST

This time I was woken up by the cold, so I threw on an extra blanket and made an alphabet list of novels I’ve read more than once, in some cases many times, because I dig them so much:

AWAKENING, THE by Kate Chopin
BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME by Richard Farina
CHILD OF MY HEART by Alice McDermott
DESOLATION ANGELS by Jack Kerouac
EATER OF DARKNESS, THE by Robert M. Coates
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones
GREAT GATSBY, THE by F. Scott Fitzgerald
HUMAN LANDSCAPES FROM MY COUNTRY by Nazim Hikmet (a novel in verse)
I’M NOT STILLER by Max Frisch
JUSTINE by Lawrence Durrell
KNOCK ON ANY DOOR by Willard Motley
LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN by Hubert Selby Jr.
MURPHY by Samuel Beckett
NOTEBOOKS OF MALTA LAURIDS BRIGGE by Rainer Maria Rilke
ONE DAY IN THE AFTERNOON OF THE WORLD by William Saroyan
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, A by James Joyce
QUARTET by Jean Rhys
REQUIEM FOR HARLEM by Henry Roth
SEXUS by Henry Miller
TRISTAM SHANDY by Laurence Sterne
UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING, THE by Milan Kundera
V. by Thomas Pynchon
WHITE MULE by William Carlos Williams
X?
YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE-DOWN by Ishmael Reed
Z?

And then because that was a little too easy (except for X and Z), and I still wasn’t asleep, I did collections of short stories I’ve re-read, some of them many times as well:

ANTON CHEKHOV: LATER SHORT STORIES by Anton Chekhov
BABYLON REVISITED AND OTHER STORIES by F. Scott Fitzgerald
CONTENDERS by Terence Winch
DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, THE by William Saroyan
EARLY MORNING WIND by Dale Herd
FARMERS DAUGHTERS, THE by William Carlos Williams
GRASSHOPPER FALLS by Merrill Gilfillan
HEART IS ALSO A FURNACE, THE by Magdalen Powers
IN OUR TIME by Ernest Hemingway
JEAN RHYS: THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES by Jean Rhys
KAFKA: COMPLETE STORIES by Franz Kafka (okay, I’m cheating a little on the collected stories books of some of these writers by using their names first, as here)
LABYRINTHS by Jorge Luis Borges
MORE PRICKS THAN KICKS by Samuel Beckett
N?
ORCHID STORIES, THE by Kenward Elmslie
PRETTY TALES FOR TIRED PEOPLE by Martha Gellhorn
QUITE EARLY ONE MORNING by Dylan Thomas
RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS and SEYMOUR AN INTRODUCTION by J. D. Salinger (this was always my favorite Salinger book, just two long stories, and still is)
SONG OF THE SILENT SNOW by Hubert Selby Jr.
TALES by LeRoi Jones (now Amiri Baraka)
UNSPEAKABLE PRACTICES, UNNATURAL ACTS by Donald Barthelme
VINTAGE BRADBURY, THE by Ray Bradbury
WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
X?
Y?
Z?

2 comments:

Chuck Guest said...

For "Z" I'd go with Zorba the Greek.
"X"...maybe I should write a novel to fill the gap.

jaina said...

you forgot INTERESTING WOMEN by andrea lee. i lent my copy out and never got it back. can you find me a new one please?