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List of My Favorite Ten Great Works of Literature – Part 3

February 25th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Thus far I have listed:

  1. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ – J.D. Salinger
  2. All of Shakespeare’s Works
  3. ‘The New York Trilogy’ – Paul Auster
  4. ‘Lolita’- Vladimir Nabokov
  5. ‘Lord of the Flies’ – William Golding 

Incidentally I have not read James Joyce’s – ‘Ulysses’, Miguel de Cervantes’ – ‘Don Quixote’ and a plethora of other very lengthy classics; I have however read Herman Melville’s unabridged – ‘Moby Dick’ and honestly it did nothing for me – so there you go, everyone has different tastes. The list continues: 

6.‘The Metamorphosis’ – Franz Kafka, 1915 – This is one of only two novellas which was published during his lifetime. This is a story of a man who wakes up only to find he has metamorphosed into a cockroach. This is quintessentially “Kafkaesque” and is obviously a metaphor of Kafka’s grim philosophy – nightmarish and surreal. This is not for everyone but I personally loved it; and if you enjoyed this, I strongly suggest you read is other works as well which are equally “Kafkaesque” if not more so.

7.‘Gulliver’s Travels’– Jonathon Swift, 1726 – I actually read this later in life so I didn’t take Gulliver’s Travels literally. Everyone should read this, it’s classic political satire plus I love the way the protagonist adroitly puts out a fire in the land of Lilliput.

8.‘Enduring Love’ – Ian McEwan, 1997 – The protagonist and is wife are having a picnic which gets interrupted when something catastrophic happens. I love the way McEwan writes and this is some story he weaves; they also made a movie with the same title which is also worth viewing.

9.‘Rabbit Run’ – John Updike, 1960 – John Updike was prolific to say the least and was also very much a ‘renaissance man’ – he was a novelist, art critic, literary critic, poet and so much more. I read the whole Rabbit series and loved them all equally – ‘Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is rich and finally Rabbit at Rest. John Updike, himself was sadly put to rest in 2009. I will never again hear about another new John Updike novel.

10.‘Affliction’ – Russell Banks, 1989 – I’m not sure if this would be categorized as literature but it’s certainly well-written and a great read. Wade Whitehouse is a violent, blue collar, alcoholic loser just like his father. Read the book and see the movie as well (same title) they’re both great.  

Well these are my arbitrary 10 and now it’s your turn – WHADAWETHINK? What are your favorite works of literature? Do you like my list? Open this up, this is a lot of fun; so much to talk about. I am always clamoring that people aren’t reading anything worthwhile anymore – prove me wrong!

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5 Responses to “List of My Favorite Ten Great Works of Literature – Part 3”

  1. Lawrence Taylor's Illegitimate Son Says:

    I love Russell Banks and Ian McEwan, but would list “Cloudsplitter” and “Atonement,” respectively, as my favorite works of theirs. Other novels which have had a profound/seminal impact on me are: “Nausea,” by Jean-Paul Sartre; “The Brothers Karamazov,” by Dostoevsky; “Underworld,” by Don Dellilo; “The Sun Also Rises,” by Hemingway; “Europe Central,” by William Vollman; “The Stranger,” by Albert Camus; “1984,” by Orwell; “Auto-da-Fe,” by Elias Canetti; “Woodcutters,” by Thomas Bernhard; “The Cloud Atlas,” by David Mitchell. On a somewhat lighter note, I’m also quite fond of Kerouac’s “The Dharma Bums,” of which I happen to have a pristine first edition. (Thanks Dad!)

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Great list and great comment. Are you really L.T.’S son #56 ?
    I have atonement however I’ve not had a chance to read it; I saw the film and I thought it was ok but it’s McEwan’s writing which is what makes it great I’m sure. I have read Nausea, The Brothers Karamazov, The Sun also Rises, The Stranger and 1984 – and yes they are all classics. Sadly, L.T.’S SON, kids don’t read anymore, they spend there time on that inane site “Facebook” & if they do stumble upon my site they remark that my blog is too long. America is becoming a 2nd rate country but then again that’s what our fathers said to us. Keep coming back.

  3. Lawrence Taylor's Illegitimate Son Says:

    Actually, that’s merely my nom de plume. I’m proud to say my true father is none other than Le Duke de Fromage.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Wow !!!!! Your father is some writer; I was guessing that he was some retired professor. Tell him that his comments make my day. Honestly you and your father are the best writers on the site.

    Usually I’ll get – “awesome site – dude”

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