Book Monster

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

Before going back to sleep I imagined a plastic universe, changeable, full of wondrous chance, an elastic sky, a sun that suddenly is missing or remains fixed or changes its shape.

Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch

We live in an age of reproduction. Most of what makes up our personal picture of the world we have never seen with our own eyes—or rather, we’ve seen it with our own eyes, but not on the spot: our knowledge comes to us from a distance, we are televiewers, telehearers, teleknowers.

Max FrischI’m Not Stiller

I went to bed but found no rest; and as I lay there between sleeping and waking, memories of my childhood thronged about me. In this state, where the mind still resists the fantastic combinations of dreams, the important happenings of a long period of one’s life often crowd themselves into a few moments.

Gérard de Nerval, Sylvie

189. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (+)
190. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 
191. The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer (+)
192. Amulet by Roberto Bolaño
193. Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías (+)
194. God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell (+)
195. The Lime Works by Thomas Bernhard (+)
196. Sylvie by Gérard de Nerval
197. What is Cinema?, Vol. 1 by André Bazin (+)
198. What is Cinema?, Vol. 2 by André Bazin
199. Phenomenology of Spirit by G.W.F. Hegel
200. Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
201. The Statesman by Plato
202. Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar (+)
203. A Posthumous Confession by Marcellus Emants
204. Lucinde by Friedrich Schlegel

PRACTICE: Makes perfect. Better than theory. With practice, one can learn to play the violin like Paganini.

—Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Accepted Ideas

YOUNG GIRL: Pronounce these words shyly. All young girls are pale, frail, and pure. Keep them away from any kind of book, visits to museums, the theater, and especially the monkey house at the zoo.

YOUNG MAN: Always sewing wild oats. He should be! Be amazed when he isn’t.

—Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Accepted Ideas