In case you are wondering, this photo is just because.
It’s unrelated to my ramblings, which are soon to follow.
Ceiling of a Wat (temple) in Thailand.
Cee has started a collaboration – and she’s hit on a favourite of mine: Lists. Oh, how I love lists! So, though I cannot promise that I will consistently post a list on each Monday, I am most enthusiastic about posting lists.
And she’s chosen a great one to start: books.
“Behind every great woman…
There’s rather a lot of lists.“
Thea Astley’s It’s Raining in Mango
Gorgeous and evocative writing, so pungent with the sense of North Queensland.
Roberto Calasso’s The Marriage of Cadmus & Harmony
I read this instead of studying for my exam on Classical Mythology in first year university. I got exceedingly high marks on that exam 😉 When I grow up, I want to write just like Roberto.
Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller…
A thoroughly thought-provoking and quite hilarious book of twists and turns, swings and diversions.
Duong Thu Huong’s Paradise of the Blind
I would read everything by this most humane of authors. This work struck me most powerfully.
Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood
Isn’t it good?
Milan Kundera’s Immortality
and almost everything else by Milan Kundera, but reading this always makes my throat catch.
Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
This novel swims as you read it – the lines are blurred through your tears.
M John Harrison’s The Course of the Heart
Heart stopping magic.
Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the Dead
A wonderful read for (want to be) writers everywhere.
Martha Nussbaum’s Poetic Justice
Because I hope to be an ethical lawyer and I believe literature will take me there. Martha Nussbaum seems to believe so too and she’s a much more complex thinker than I ever will be.
I find it difficult to limit myself to ten books – and I usually recommend to people based on what I know of them; this List is the ten that would undoubtedly appear if you kept at me about what book to read …
What ten books would you recommend?