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Reviving the Lit Nerd Within

I am using my Library Thing Account again ( you can get to my profile via the widget in my blog’s side bar). I recently added books I borrowed from the San Juan Library. Don’t underestimate the public library folks. I’m trying to read more.

This time I’m sticking with West Indian authors, more specifically Trinidadian ones. A Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace, and A Hot Country by Shiva Naipaul.

I’ve also discovered this BBC series which features authors selects the books they feel best reflect their countries of birth. It’s called Read My Country. I would love to see who they’d pick for Trinidad and Tobago, even if it is V.S. Naipaul.

Also, I rediscovered my friend Cat’s list of the 101 Books to Read; she calls it the World as a Living Village. It was a response to a BBC produced list of 100 books. She (and some friends) felt the BBC’s list was too western, and this was an attempt at a more global offering.
1/ Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy

2/ Maya Angelou: Complete Autobiography

3/ John Berger: Ways of Seeing

4/ E.R. Brathwaite: To Sir With Love, and other works

5/ Erna Brodber: Myal and other works

6/ Jan Carew: Black Midas

7/ Anton Chekhov: The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories

8/ Edwidge Danticat: The Farming of Bones, and other works

9/ Alan Paton: Cry the Beloved Country

10/ Sue Ellen Cooper: The Red Hat Society series

11/ David Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars

12/ Ken Follett: World without End and other works

13/ Abdul Malik de Coteau: The Whirlwind

14/ Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

15/ Umberto Eco: Baudolino

16/ Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks

17/ Almeida Garrett: Folhas Caidas

18/ Nicolás Guillén: El libro de los sones

19/ Alex Haley: Roots

20/ Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

21/ Hermann Hesse: Siddhartha and other works

22/ Harold Bloom: Jesus and Yahweh

23/ Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner, and other works

24/ Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger

25/ Muhammad Iqbal: Bal-e-Jibril (Wings of Gabriel)

26/ Spencer Johnson: Quién se ha llevado mi queso ?

27/ Ezra Jack Keats: The Snowy Day and other works

28/ Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place

29/ Lao Tzu: Hua Hu Ching

30/ Andrea Levy: Small Island

31/ Earl Lovelace: The Dragon Can’t Dance, and other works

32/ V.S. Naipaul: A House for Mr. Biswas

33/ Gloria Naylor: The Women of Brewster Place

34/ José de Almada Negreiros: Nome de Guerra

35/ Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye, and other works

36/ Guy de Maupassant: Boule de Suif, and other works

37/ Samuel Selvon: Lonely Londoners, and other works

38/ Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are

39/ John Steinbeck: The Pearl

40/ Luís Forjaz Trigueiros: Ainda há estrêlas no céu

41/ Gao Xingjian: Lingshan

42/ Derek Walcott: What the Twilight Says

43/ Barack Obama: Dreams From My Father

44/ Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

45/ Mario Vargas Llosa: La Fiesta del Chivo

46/ Alexander McCall Smith: The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series

47/ Isabel Allende: Portrait in Sepia, and other works

48/ Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God

49/ Ngugi wa Thiongo: Decolonizing the Mind

50/ Wole Soyinka: Death and the King’s Horseman

51/ Walter Rodney: The Groundings with my Brothers

52/ Bell Hooks: Ain’t I A Woman?

53/ Frank McCourt: Angela’s Ashes

54/ Malidoma Some: Of Water and the Spirit

55/ George Orwell: 1984

56/ Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and other works

57/ Jean Rhys: Wild Sargasso Sea

58/ Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale, and other works

59/ Louise Erdrich: Love Medicine

60/ Austin Clarke: Growing up Stupid under the Union Jack

61/ Albert Camus: L’Etranger

62/ Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass

63/ Frank Etienne: Dezafi

64/ Ntzoke Shange: For Colored Girls

65/ Gloria Naylor: Mama Day

66/ Octavia Butler: Kindred

67/ Isaac Asimov: I, Robot

68/ Jorge Amado: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands or Sand Captain

69/ Machado de Assis: The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas

70/ Gaston Leroux: Phantom of the Opera

71/ H. Ryder Haggard: King Solomon’s Mines

72/ Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace

73/ Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories & other works

74/ Andrew Salkey: The Hurricane

75/ Ben Okri: Birds of Heaven

76/ Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451

77/ Jack Kerouac: On the Road

78/ Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five

79/ J.M. Coetzee: Disgrace

80/ José Rizal: Filibusterismo

81/ Aimé Césaire: Return to my Native Land

82/ Patrick Chamoiseau: Texaco

83/ Tahar Ben Jelloun: This Blinding Absence of Light

84/ Jorge Luís Borges: Labyrinths

85/ Julio Cortázar: Rayuela (Hopskotch)

86/ Alejo Carpentier y Valmont: El Siglo de las Luces (Explosion in a Cathedral)

87/ Pablo Neruda: Twenty Love Poems and a Desperate Song

88/ Octavio Paz: The Labyrinth of Solitude

89/ Eduardo Galeano: El Fútbol a Sol y Sombra (Football in Sun and Shadow)

90/ Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

91/ Haruki Murakami: Norwegian Wood

92/ Alice Munro: Lives of Girls and Women

93/ Naguib Mahfouz: The Cairo Trilogy

94/ Rabindranath Tagore: Gitanjali

95/ Doris Lessing: The Grass is Singing

96/ James Baldwin: Go Tell it on the Mountain

97/ Richard Wright: Native Son

98/ Chenjerai Hove: Bones

99/ Sempé-Goscinny: Le Petit Nicolas

100/ Ted Conover: New Jack- Guarding Sing Sing

101/ Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

I think I’ve read 23-24 of these, not too shabby, but I can do better. So with that, I bid you adieu, because I have some reading to do.


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