Book Monster

Conquering literature one book at a time
(to say nothing of the movies)

355. James Joyce by Richard Ellmann (+)
356. The Hundred Days by Patrick O’Brian
357. On Tangled Paths by Theodor Fontane
358. The Doll by Bolesław Prus (+)
359. Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
360. After the Divorce by Grazia Deledda
361. Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont (+)
362. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter (+)
363. Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O’Brian
364. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
365. Solar by Ian McEwan
366. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
367. The Skin by Curzio Malaparte (+)

For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

Edmund SpenserThe Faerie Queene

340. Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski (++)
341. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (+)
342. The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brian
343. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
344. The Commodore by Patrick O’Brian
345. Menexenus by Plato
346. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (+)
347. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
348. The Virginian by Owen Wister
349. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
350. The Watsons by Jane Austen
351. Sandition by Jane Austen
352. The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’Brian
353. Peerless Flats by Esther Freud
354. Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa

The whole point is that writing has a pattern and life hasn’t. Life is so untidy. Art is so short and life so long. It is not possible to have perfection in life but it is possible to have perfection in a novel.

—Elizabeth Taylor

321. King Rat by James Clavell
322. A Short History of Scotland by Andrew Lang
323. Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke (+)
324. The Far Side of the World by Patrick O’Brian
325. My Struggle: Book Three by Karl Ove Knausgård
326. With My Dog Eyes by Hilda Hist (+)
327. The Poor Mouth by Flann O’Brien (+)
328. The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’Brian
329. The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian
330. Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
331. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo
332. Voltaire in Love by Nancy Mitford
333. The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O’Brian
334. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser
335. The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’Brian
336. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
337. The Truelove by Patrick O’Brian
338. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor (+)
339. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (+)

Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.

Voltaire