1001 Books to read before you die: Bekka's progress

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1001 Books to read before you die: Bekka's progress

Out 9, 2017, 2:51 am

New thread - new 400?

I'm not going to recap all the books I've read to date because quite frankly none of us had the time (too much left to read!). So here's a quick breakdown by period - of and I'm going off a combo of all versions of the list. 1305 books here I come!

pre 1700 - 7/27 (26% of age range read)
1700-1799 - 28/48 (58% of age range read)
1800-1899 - 86/187 (46% of age range read)
1900-1999 - 253/923 (27% of age range read)
2000+ - 26/120 (22% of age range read)

Out 16, 2017, 3:00 am

#401 Amok - Stefan Zweig

Very short 1,001 (60 pages). The copy I finally found hadn't been out of the library (it was in reserve stock) since 1993.

Beautifully written - and deeply disturbing. There is a proper cascade to it - it really does 'run amuck', from a slow start escalating to the climax within few pages. Thumbs up for craftsmanship.

Out 20, 2017, 8:37 am

I've got to stop reading the really short ones...

#402 A Sentimental Journey - Sterne

Better than Tristram Shandy. But then pretty much everything is better than Shandy. Parts of this I thought were rather good and, unless I was mistaken, some excellent double-entendres. Felt like it needed a good edit though.

#403 The House on the Borderland - Hodgson

Another that could do with an edit. Interesting little horror narrative - but the interminable time passing/end of the world section. Sheesh!

Nov 7, 2017, 7:08 am

#404 The Devil to Pay in the Backlands - Joao Guimaraes Rosa

A 1,001 that I have had on the go for a very long time. I’ve been dipping in on and off for ages and always enjoyed it – just found I kept putting it down, found it hard to give large amounts of time to.

But the last 200 pages or so I’ve read in a big rush, a wonderful, often confusing deluge.

The story is a narration of the life of Riobaldo who becomes a jagunco in the Brazilian sertao. There are so many factors to this for me, but one of the main themes to me is love – and I can say little more without spoilers. One of my favourite lines from the novel is;
'I speak with twisted words. I narrate my life, which I did not understand'

These ones are good too;

'When you sleep, you turn into all kinds of things: you become stone, you become flowers.'

'Sad is the life of a jagungo, you will say. It makes me laugh. Don’t tell me that. Because of a false idea, we get the notion that ‘Life” is a continuous something. Each day is a day by itself'

There are lots of good lines! Only problem with this one is it is really hard to get hold of.

Nov 13, 2017, 3:40 am

#405 The Wonderful O - James Thurber

A short children's 1001 that I had to order from the US to get hold of. Definitely something wonderful about it.

Nov 27, 2017, 10:08 am

#406 Some Experiences of an Irish R.M - Somerville

Amusing stories. Laugh out loud in places. But not really 1,001 worthy imo.

Dez 5, 2017, 8:52 am

#407 The Drunkard - Zola

Holy moley. I'm never drinking again...

Dez 18, 2017, 10:29 am

#408 Aithiopika – Heliodorus

Slightly wearing tale of two much thwarted lovers and their trials and tribulations. Some great patches, some swathes of not great. And a whole bunch of slightly similar names that sometimes confused me.

Dez 19, 2017, 9:58 am

>4 BekkaJo: catching up with your thread and so glad that somebody else has now read The Devil to Pay in the Backlands. I read it for our group challenge and loved it although indeed it is quite confusing, especially at the beginning!

Dez 19, 2017, 10:04 am

I remember you finishing it - when I was still in the first third... it's taken me till now to finish! So glad I did though, it is wonderful.

Dez 28, 2017, 11:23 am

#408 Things fall apart - Chinua Achebe

Wonderfully written 1,001 - language and story both stunning.

Jan 7, 2018, 1:56 pm

#409 London Fields - Martin Amis

Finally finished this. Took me ages as I kept dipping in a little at a time. Which, in retrospect, is not how to read this. I ended up reading the last 200 pages or so over the last few days - and boy it speeds up towards the end. As you work towards the murder (not a spoiler, this starts by introducing the murderer and murderee) it intentionally ramps up.

So don't do what I did and try and read the end of it whilst sitting on a step on the kitchen floor and making dinner.

Interesting reading this along with Democracy - they both feature a narrator who is part of the narrative, who interacts with the characters. Very different books though! The one is set in the late 90s in a dirty underbelly London and follows the movements towards the murder of Nicola Six, the other set in early to mid 70s in Honolulu and Vietnam (amongst other places), dealing with parts of the life of Inez Victor, touching on love, loss and family, against a background of the end of the Vietnam war.

#410 Democracy - Joan Didion

See above!

I had only read one Didion before this and really didn't like it. This, however was a different story. I thoroughly enjoyed this - it had moments of complete beauty. One particular line stays with me, as Inez flies south and into the oncoming dawn - that this is what she hopes death is like, dawn all the way.

Very glad I read this.

Jan 12, 2018, 5:38 am

#411 The Last World - Christoph Ransmayr

Finished it, finally, several months after the Group Read...

This is a strange, unsettling novel. It is set in an inconsistent time period and tells the story of Cotta, who travels to a town called Tomi to search for the poet Naso (Ovid), who had settled there in exile from Rome.

The characters in Tomi are linked to characters of the same name from Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Not for everyone - I found it a real struggle at times. Over sections are vivid and surreal, sometimes with a nightmarish quality to them. His language is startling and evocative - so I'm still not sure why this didn't hold my attention more.

Jan 16, 2018, 3:58 am

#412 In the forest - Edna O'Brien

Excellently written, vivid and chilling. The narrative is written from multiple view points, dealing with a young Irish man who has been in institutions from a young age and who returns to Ireland from a recent stint in prison. Nastiness ensues. It's a nature v nurture, Catholicism v well, everything else, sort of book.

Turns out it was based upon some real events, which makes it doubley creepy.

Jan 16, 2018, 10:51 am

Yup! Chilling, creepy and all the rest. Reading this one led me to read more of her stuff.

Jan 22, 2018, 3:12 am

>15 Yells: I do have August is a wicked month lined up - last one of hers on the list I have left to read, though I'll probably finish off the Country Girls trilogy at some point.

Jan 22, 2018, 3:13 am

#413 The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum - Heinrich Boll (1,001)

Excellent little novel. Starting and ending with the murder of a journalist by Katherina, it is wonderfully written, crisp clean and yet compelling. It plays with elements of a police transcript but it is no way cold.

I got this out of my library reserve stock, so I'm going back in today to return it and to tell them they need to get a copy back in main circulation.

Jan 30, 2018, 7:58 am

#414 The Last of the Mohicans - Cooper (1,001)

Finally! Honestly I nearly lost it half way through this - such a slow go in the middle section. And the first section. And most of the last section.

The ending shocked me though - having got to my advanced years (stop guffawing) and not seen the film etc. Genuinely miffed by it.

That didn't really make sense - at some point I'll spend the time learning how to do the spoilery hidden thing.

Either way, it was a 1,001 that I'm very glad to have finished and be done with.

Jan 30, 2018, 2:45 pm

>18 BekkaJo: I read the Illustrated Classic version when I was a kid and loved it. Maybe thirty comic book pages is exactly what the story needs?

Jan 31, 2018, 2:30 am

Anything would have helped :)

Editado: Jan 31, 2018, 2:35 am

>18 BekkaJo:

And this is why I'll never read the book and instead just continue to love the movie. Such a beautiful film with a gorgeous soundtrack.

Fev 3, 2018, 8:58 am

>21 lilisin: I think I ruined the film for myself. I just don't want to watch it now!

#415 Adam Bede - Eliot

What can I say - I loved it. Started slow but a reasonable enough read. Then one chapter in the middle which was just interminable. Then increasing in pace and emotion and just... wonderful.

Of all the characters, I do feel so sorry for Seth. Poor dude - he's a better man than I would have been in the same situation, always second and the 'lesser'. As a younger sibling I'm possibly feeling that one a bit more than intended.

Fev 8, 2018, 1:34 pm

#416 Embers - Sandor Marai

Now the beginning of this grabbed me and I loved it, something wonderful about the writing. The tale of an old general who receives a visit from a long estranged friend. But... I sort of lost it after the first third. The bulk of the novel is the old general talking - and, whilst the language is still wonderful, he paled on me after a while. That said, well worth a read - a beautiful exploration of love and human nature.

Fev 8, 2018, 5:49 pm

Embers got a rare 4 1/2 stars from me. I absolutely loved it (and can't really think of why I held back a 1/2 star).

Fev 9, 2018, 4:17 am

I think it was more of a 3 1/2 for me - Really struggled through the second half. Still maintain it's worth a read though :)

#417 Pierre and Jean - Guy de Maupassant

Delicately written short novel about two brothers and the breakdown of their relationship - the breakdown speeding up as the younger brother receives a surprise inheritance. For a short novel it deals exceedingly well with really big issues - jealousy, wealth and position, family - and a couple of others that I can't note without spoilers.

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Fev 9, 2018, 2:22 pm

>27 frahealee: All cents welcome! I know my views aren't everyone's (thankfully!) - and I do think that the one thing I take from the book is the sense of place. I'd love to one day visit some of his locations - it was more the characters and his style that I fell out with.

But honestly, never worry about book related opinion - I struggled with this novel but can understand why people appreciate it.

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Fev 9, 2018, 2:36 pm

>29 frahealee: I'm glad :) There are a lot of the 1,001 list that I've struggled with - or disliked. A couple I've downright hated (Tarka the otter stays with me in a bad way) but a lot of them have been wonderful revelations - things I wouldn't have picked up normally which I have found a wonderful surprise.

My favourites are the ones I start off hating and end up loving - Love in the time of cholera for example. I struggled through the first half, left it for a while then adored it when I finished it.

Fev 20, 2018, 6:05 am

#418 Fools of Fortune - William Trevor (1,001) (IAC)

Intriguing and beautifully crafted. Still left with a note of confusion and intrigue - and not entirely sure about the last section and whether it was real or not.

Mar 5, 2018, 3:49 am

#419 Therese Racquin - Zola
My second Zola - and I really do enjoy his writing. Unremittingly bleak and condemning of the human condition, but so well done. Moral of the story? Don't kill!

Mar 12, 2018, 4:19 am

#420 Fantomas - Alain & Souvestre

Well that was a great detective novel - really entertaining read, loved watching how it all slotted together. Very much of the Sherlock/Poirot style.

Mar 26, 2018, 2:58 am

#421 Cause for Alarm - Eric Ambler

See this is why I like challenges - and the 1001 in particular. I would never have read this otherwise. A spy-ish novel set before the second world war, written in a simple style to which you find yourself drawn in before you realise. Thoroughly enjoyed it and may have to dig some more Ambler out of my libraries reserve stock, where they all seem to have been sent.

Abr 10, 2018, 7:55 am

#422 Seize the Day - Saul Bellow

Awfully good, traumatic and upsetting, watching the break down of the main character and that eternal search for the root of it all.

Abr 11, 2018, 3:01 am

#423 The Temptation of St.Anthony - Flaubert

Well that is a weird weird book! Sort of psychotropic hallucination freakishness.

Abr 17, 2018, 8:47 am

#424 The Secret Agent - Conrad (1,001)

I'm not a great Conrad fan. Or I haven't been. That said he is starting to grow on me. Maybe...

The first half of this I found a trudge. The last sixth or so was quite good. I'm going round in circles and making no effort to précis and/or explain.

Maio 8, 2018, 11:11 am

#425 Aaron's Rod - D.H Lawrence (1,001)

Some wonderful phrases, some interesting ideas, some interminable swathes of discussion and a long description of the statue of David in Florence in which he uses the word 'white' about 20 times.

I'm on the fence.

Maio 11, 2018, 8:37 am

#426 The Idiot - Dostoevsky

I pretty much always enjoy classic Russian literature and this was no exception. Well, baring a few interminably long sections... Hippolyte's dream sequence for example felt like it took an eternity.

Editado: Jun 4, 2018, 9:04 am

#427 Murder must advertise - Sayers

Fun murder mystery but not sure why it's on the 1,001 list...

#428 Murphy - Beckett

Finally finished this off - it took me an awfully long time considering it's only 200 pages long. I think I ended up rather enjoying the second half but I'm not entirely sure...

Jun 6, 2018, 10:26 am

#429 The Underdogs - Azuela

A short novel showing the effect of the Mexican revolution on a group of men (and I guess women as they are pulled in) who, almost by accident, become embroiled into the fighting. It traces the effect on the men and the way they slowly sink.

Interesting, in some places lyrical, but not really a patch on Devil to pay in the backlands when it comes to the sertao.

Editado: Jun 11, 2018, 2:33 am

Just had to remove that as the book wasn't a 1,001 - it's on the Guardian 1000 list. D'oh!

Jun 13, 2018, 3:24 am

#430 The Gathering - Annie Enright

I don't feel it lived up to it's promise in the end. There is definitely something to it - but the last quarter for me goes a bit woolly.

I did, however, find some of it genuinely affecting. Family relationships, marital relationships - all of them are difficult.

I also enjoyed the discourse on memory, about how memory of seeing things happen to others become part of your own memories and you can end up believing it happened to you.

Jun 20, 2018, 9:31 am

#431 Shirley - Charlotte Bronte (1,001)

Slow slow start to this novel - but I ended up loving it. The characters finally clicked with me about halfway through.

Jun 21, 2018, 6:52 am

#432 In a Glass Darkly - Le Fanu

Five gothic stories - really enjoyed these.

Jul 22, 2018, 12:46 pm

#433 The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Barbery

Loved it. Traumatised by the end though.

#434 The Siege of Krishnapur - Farrell

Finally finished this off! It's a slow burn to say the least. Only really got into it in the last third which I really enjoyed.

Editado: Ago 28, 2018, 2:52 am

Poop = another one that wasn't an 1,001...

Out 10, 2018, 8:01 am

#435 Gosta Berling's Saga

Long - good in places

Out 15, 2018, 3:33 am

#436Saturday night and Sunday Morning - Sillitoe

Enjoyed his writing, found the characters both intriguing and repulsive. Still not sure about the protagonists final choice - i.e does he or doesn't he!

Dez 19, 2018, 3:04 am

#437 The Devil's Pool - George Sand (1,001)

Short 1,001. I liked this tbh - apart from the prologue and epilogue which I could have easily done without... Not sure it should be on the 1,001 list though.

#438 Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell (1,001)

I don't read a lot of crime novels. But I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Dez 19, 2018, 3:05 am

Well I'm not going to make it to 450 this year which I had hoped to do. Darn.

Might make 440 if I get a move on.

Editado: Jan 8, 2019, 5:50 am

Happy new Year all!

#439 The Home and the world - Tagore

Lyrical and terrifying. Wonderful in places but I liked two of the narrative voices much more than the third.

#440 The Temple of my familiar - Alice Walker

This is amazing. I mean, I got lost a few times with the interweaving characters. And some sections I preferred to others. But the interconnections, the power of her writing, the power of her characters...wonderful.

Fev 12, 2019, 1:20 pm

#441 We Yevgeny Zamyatin

One of the inspirations for 1984 and well worth a read. Honestly - it's really good. I mean, if you like dystopian future novels etc. Fab imagery too.

And made amusing to me because we are currently struggling with a government overhaul, and have been re-branded as OneGov. This book is governed by OneState. Made me chuckle. Albeit a bit bitterly...

#442 Hallucinating Foucault - Patricia Duncker

Loved this. I think it was the tactile nature of it. Feeling the heat, the paranoia, the textures of it all.

Abr 21, 2019, 9:05 am

Set 20, 2019, 3:08 am

Haven't updated for a while! Unfortunately very few 1,001s to update :(

#445 Seasons of Migration to the North - Salih

Beautifully written and deeply disturbing.

#446 The ragged trousered philanthropists

Often painfully funny - far too on point, and still very relevant today.

#447 Tender is the night

#448 A Kestrel for a Knave

Obviously I'd heard about the book - but I did not know about it past the boy and his bird - I did not see the ending coming!

#449 Shikasta - Lessing

Well, finally! Overall I'm afraid that was an interminable slog.

#450 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Wonderful, loved it. Put me off wine for a bit though (okay so it didn't but it should have done).

Out 13, 2019, 1:11 pm

#451 Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

#452 The Dumas Club - Arturo Perez-Reverte

Out 28, 2019, 10:32 am

#453 Black Box - Amos Oz

Dez 6, 2019, 2:42 am

#454 The Story of O Pauline Reage

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. *shudder*

#455 A Prayer for Owen Meany - Irving

FINALLY! This has been on my TBR for over ten years. I know the first line by heart (because it appears on my e-reader under the title on my TBR list). It's one of my remaining BBC 100 books. And was it worth it?

A hundred pages ago I would have said no. But in the end? Yes I think it was. It might not be the most enjoyable thing I've ever read, but it will definitely stay with me.

Dez 7, 2019, 7:37 am

>58 BekkaJo: I read The Story of O and wished I hadn't. That was one book I could easily have died without reading.

I borrowed it from the library, which had several copies, all of which seemed to be in the prison library and were found to be unfit to lend. Just to add to the yuck level...

Dez 9, 2019, 2:36 am


That is telling isn't it!! I still have my copy (thankfully only a 10p copy). But I don't know what to do with it! It may be the second book in my life that I throw in the bin because I don't think anyone else should have to read it...

Dez 10, 2019, 12:40 am

>59 Helenliz: >60 BekkaJo: Sounds like I will be leaving this one until last! I only just managed to make myself read Lolita this year but The Story of O doesn't sound like it has any redeeming qualities. At least Lolita had beautiful writing.

Dez 11, 2019, 7:29 pm

The Story of O was awful and yup, nothing redeeming in there. Blood and Guts in High School was another truly awful book. I actually chucked both out after reading and I never do that.

As disturbing as Lolita was, the writing was beautiful and I found myself loving it (and then hating that I loved it). You have to be a fantastic author to make people love that subject matter.

Dez 12, 2019, 11:43 am

Agreed - Lolita was at least redeeming in it's writing and the disturbing realism of the characters. O...nope.

Not looking forward to Blood and Guts now! At least I've finished all the Marquis de Sade stuff.

Dez 12, 2019, 4:39 pm

>62 Yells: that's it to me, it leaves you with mixed feelings; you admire it but feel you shouldn't be enjoying it. Anyone who can tie a person up in knots like that with just words on a page can write with a capital R.

Dez 12, 2019, 5:25 pm

I gave Lolita 4.5 stars purely because I couldn't give five stars based on the subject matter; Blood and Guts in High School I gave one star to and can't remember what that was for! I have The Story of O coming up soon - the cringe-worthy 1970s cover is enough to make me think it will be an unproductive read.

Dez 12, 2019, 7:51 pm

>65 puckers: Lolita got a 4-star (for much the same reason - amazing book, horrible subject), Blood and Guts in High School got 1/2 star because that was the lowest I could give. The Story of O got a 2-star because even though I hated it, it actually had a storyline and I could sort of see why it was controversial enough to make the list.

>63 BekkaJo: I just have Justine left but I'm in no hurry. His stuff just seems to be a laundry list of the most horrible things that people can do to each other.

Dez 19, 2019, 2:41 am

>66 Yells: Justine at least has more story line than 100 days - which definitely falls into that category.

#456 No one writes to the Colonel - Marquez

His writing is excellent as always - but I always struggle with the short story format. I just get into a story and then feel cheated when it finishes.

#457 Euphues: the anatomy of wit - Lyly

I was incredibly happy when I suddenly finished this - not realising that there were two volumes in my ebook. Which tells you how much I enjoyed this...

Jan 6, 2020, 9:11 am

#458 Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

A classic. Well, yes. And knights and chivalry and all the sort of things I rather like. But phew I found this one dull!

Not looking forward to Rob Roy which is lined up for March!

Jan 18, 2020, 4:41 am

#459 Red Harvest - Hammett

Bloody and sometimes a little confusing, ultimately entertaining.

Jan 26, 2020, 4:51 am

#460 Pepita Jiminez - Valera

Odd little romance - moral of which is beware of pride. At least that's the moral I took. Not really sure why it's a 1,001 tbh.

#461 Sexing the Cherry - Winterson

Not what I had expected - reading the ebook I had no blurb to guide me. But I do enjoy a bit of magical realism.

Fev 24, 2020, 8:00 am

#462 Adjunct: An undigest - Peter Manson

I actually had to nick the blurb to explain this one...

Seven years in accretion, Adjunct: an Undigest is a linguistic autobiography, a compost of found and appropriated language stirred by a random number generator, a source-book of the contemporary avant-garde, an extended fart joke, a book of the dead.

My favourite quote... Never fellate a platypus.

#463 The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas - Stein

Okay so it grew on me a bit by the end. But only a bit. I didn't like the style, didn't like the barely existent persona, didn't like the conceit of writing your own partners autobiography. Felt like a long long namedropping exercise.

Okay, no. No, I really disliked it.

Editado: Jul 14, 2020, 1:05 pm

#464 Ragtime - Doctorow

Rather good, I thought.

#465 Time's Arrow - Martin Amis

Well. That's messed up my head. No idea why this pushed itself to the fore of my reading, but it did. The reverse life of a man, told from the first person of another man, linked into his mind. Disturbing and painful, humorous and filthy. And a couple of seriously mind wrenching lines. Oh, and, dim as I am - and not having read any blurb, I somehow managed to not see where this was going. I can be really dumb at times.

#466 Kafka on the Shore - Murakami

Well I enjoyed it. I love Murakami's writing, his twists, his complete side steps into lord knows where and what. Definitely some themes and descriptions which are not for everyone. And I'm still not 100% sure that I got what it was all about. Who am I kidding? I'm not sure I even 50% got what it was all about.

#467 The Rings of Saturn - Sebald

That took me a very long time. And I don't get it. I just don't

#468 Invisible Cities - Calvino

Okay I didn't really get this one either. So I ended up just letting the amazing language and imagery wash over me.

#469 Blood and Guts in high school - Acker
I powered through the end of this because I needed it off my reader. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

I think that sado-masochistic child abuse/sexual abuse, sometimes bastardised beat poetry, novels, with illustrations (yuck), just aren't for me.

I think I can live with that.

Jul 14, 2020, 4:52 pm

Blood and Guts in High School is one of the only books that I actually ripped up and junked after reading. I will try to recycle just about everything if I can, but I just couldn't send this crap back out into the world. It was awful.

Dez 7, 2020, 4:28 am

Hemmingway For Whom the Bell tolls
Beckett Worstward Ho
Kincaid Annie John
West Harriet Hume
Lewis Tarr

Dez 10, 2020, 2:29 am

#475 The Newton Letter - Banville

My copy was from the library reserve stock - and it got instant points because it's not shaped like a usual book, instead being much thinner and longer. Also it's very thin...

But that turned out to be a shame because it's fabulously written. Partly the storyline but mostly just his use of language.

Fev 2, 2021, 10:21 am

#476 The Castle of Crossed Destinies - Calvino

Finally finished a 1,001 this year! Been a bit tardy on them. This is... well, it's VERY Calvino. Premise being that the characters have all ended up in an Inn and have lost the power of speech - then attempt to tell their stories using a pack of tarot cards. All the tales intertwine. The narrators chapter was hard going. If reading this, I'd strongly suggest the paper back illustrated version (it has pictures of the tarot cards down the sides of the page). I had an e-pub version that didn't and I think you'd lose out without the images.

#477 Madame Bovary - Flaubert

I'm not sure about it in the end. It felt a bit... thin? I mean, if I'm going to have debauchery in my text I want a bit more - oomph I guess. Which I suspect was what Flaubert was getting at. Too much of everything ad not enough of anything.

Mar 1, 2021, 2:53 am

#478 High Rise - Ballard

Weirdly compelling writing. Lord of the Flies meets a tower block - but more icky. The ease in which human nature disintigrates to it's base functions.

I feel a bit like I need a shower.

Mar 13, 2021, 6:33 pm

>77 BekkaJo: Have you watched the movie yet? I couldn't make it through the whole thing. Apt review.

Mar 15, 2021, 3:54 am

Urgh - no. I did like the book but I do not think I could cope with a film of it!

Abr 23, 2021, 4:07 am

#479 Humboldt's gift - Bellow

Heavy going, moments of wonder, moments of irritation, ultimately capturing.

"Indoors and outdoors fell into each other through a picture window, garden and bedroom mingling."

Worth it's Pulitzer? Not sure. But I think probably it is.

Abr 23, 2021, 5:26 am

>77 BekkaJo: >78 amaryann21: I feel like Ballard's books are simultaneously very tempting to turn into film and also kind of too much for film. I love his books but I don't think I'd be up for watching any of the movies made from them.

Ago 18, 2021, 3:00 am

Bit of a catch up...

#480 City of God - Doctorow
Still not sure what I think about that. Has taken me so long to read it, I felt a bit numb by the end!

#481 August is a wicked Month - O'Brien
I love her writing but she does know how to pile on the trauma. Thick, heavy and hot (both the writing and the trauma).

#482 In a Free State - Naipaul
Don't really get why this won a booker. That said, there are elements of the final, main story which are painfully vivid. Naipaul is always exceedingly good at making a reader feel the hatred, the fear, the downright panic of Africa at that time.

#483 Their eyes were watching God - Hurston
Sorry, just be a moment, seem to have something in my eye... *sob*

#484 Nip the buds, shoot the kids - Oe
Slender novel, brilliantly written, deeply deeply deeply disturbing.

#485 The Devil in the Flesh - Radiguet
Another slender well written novel. But I did want a bit more from this. The title promised some proper evil but whilst the protagonist is definitely not nice, he's far from the worst character I've come across in a 1,001!

Out 6, 2021, 2:53 am

#486 Memento Mori - Spark

Really enjoyed this - just felt let down by the end.

Jan 7, 2022, 6:43 am

#487 Regeneration - Barker

#488 Miss Smilla's feeling for snow - Hoeg
Even more excellent - scandi crime but so brilliantly written. One of my reading highlights of 2021.

#489 City Primeval - Leonard
Entertaining but I'm not sure it's a 1,001er

#490 Kokoro - Soseki
Intensely Japanese narrative. Found the end very frustrating - and yes, I know that was the point. But still!

#491 Quartet - Rhys
First 1,001 finished for 2022. Short but intense, Rhys' language excellent as always.

Jan 7, 2022, 6:45 am

I read far fewer 1,001s than intended last year - but there were some excellent ones.

Favourite 1,001s for last year Their eyes were watching God and Miss Smilla's feeling for snow. Though High Rise has definitely stayed with me!

Jan 8, 2022, 8:30 am

>85 BekkaJo: I agree with your comment above about Their Eyes Were Watching God ... something in your eye indeed!

And that's one of the things about Ballard, you can count on his books to stick with you whether you want them to or not. Personally I have fallen in love with them, but I feel like I'd be hard pressed to find anyone I'd actually recommend them to. Aside from The Drowned World, that one is not too out there.

Mar 4, 2022, 2:25 am

#492 - Pereira Maintains - Tabucchi
#493 - Written on the body - Winterson
#494 - The Nine Tailors - Sayers
#495 - Good Morning Midnight - Rhys

I'm getting close to the halfway mark...

Abr 25, 2022, 9:08 am

#496 - Faces in the Water - Frame
Off putting and upsetting mental health imagery.

#497 - Antic hay - Huxley
Inflatable pants.

#498 - Jealousy - Robbe-Grillet
Meticulous geometric descriptions of how the angle of light meets another angle of light.

Mar 21, 2023, 7:25 am

Hi Bekka, dropping in to say Hello!

Dez 7, 2023, 11:24 am

Hi Piyush - holy moly is it really April 22 I last updated??! Ooof.

Dez 7, 2023, 11:28 am

Quick update of the last 18 months - nowhere near as many as I would have liked;

#499 Hammett The Glass Key May-22
#500 Leonard La Brava Jun-22
#501 Hempel Reasons to live Jul-22
#502 Gallico Mrs Harris Goes to Paris Jul-22
#503 Woolf The Years Aug-22
#504 Ballard The Drowned World Aug-22
#505 Winterson The Passion Sep-22
#506 Kadare Broken April Oct-22
#507 Tsypkin Summer in Baden-Baden Oct-22
#508 Spark The Driver's Seat Oct-22
#509 Jones In Parenthesis Nov-22
#510 Schatzing The Swarm Nov-22
#511 Lagerkvist Barabbas Dec-22
#512 Faulkner The Hamlet Jan-23
#513 Crace Arcadia Jan-23
#514 Brautigan Willard and His Bowling trophies Feb-23
#515 Brautigan In Watermelon Sugar Feb-23
#516 Pelevin The life of insects Mar-23
#517 DeLillo Falling Man Mar-23
#518 Lispector The Hour of the Star Apr-23
#519 Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians May-23
#520 Mishima The Sound of Waves Jul-23
#521 Auster Timbuktu Jul-23
#522 Euginedes Middlesex Jul-23
#523 Chandler The Long Goodbye Aug-23
#524 Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad Aug-23
#525 Stephens The Charwoman's Daughter Aug-23
#526 Bowen The Last September Oct-23
#527 Handke The Left Handed Woman Oct-23
#528 Llosa The Cubs and Other Stories Nov-23
#529 Salinger Franny & Zooey Dec-23

Dez 7, 2023, 6:16 pm

>91 BekkaJo: Congratulations on shooting past 500!

Jan 22, 2:44 pm

Great to see you back!