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Alright so here is my super dumb idea that just might spark some rinteresting discussion. If ryou were to attempt the impossible (and rincredibly stupid) task of summarizing western rliterature in ten books, rwhich would they be? This is my list as it is: heavily influenced both rby rpersonal taste and by my profound ignorance. Hopefully this will not only rspark some rinteresting discussion but also result in me finding out about ra ton of books I need to read. rFeel free to point out any of my numerous rglaring omissions in the comments.
|1|| ||Rotting Christ|
Triarchy Of Lost Lovers
Book One: The Iliad. Because you simply cannot understand western literature, or
the west in general, without understanding the Greek conception of the virtuous,
the tragic and the heroic. Plus it's fucking WAY cool. I would suggest accompanying
this with a tragedy, my choice being Oedipus Rex.
|2|| ||Peste Noire|
Ballada Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
Book Two: La Chanson de Rolande. So yeah, I straight up skipped the Bible
because who the fuck wants to read that and I jumped straight to medieval times.
As my representative for the era I have chosen the French national epic rather
than that of any other European country because of the intense magical aura it
conveys while lacking any actual mythological or magical content, as well as for its
shameless display of classic European values and the fact that it kicks ass. I
omitted the Divine Comedy as my choice because the Paradiso and Purgatorio
parts are mad fucking boring.
Book Three: Shakespeare's Tempest. His darkest, most intense and
emotional play (at least out of the few I've read). There should be no question as
to why I chose him.
El Sello De Los Tiempos
Book Four: Don Quixote. The first proper novel and the death of the
Enlightenment's idealism. Poignant, tragic, occasionally hilarious and terribly
human, this is truly all its worked up to be and its importance cannot be overstated.
Book Five: Milton's Paradise Lost. Continuing in the vein of Quixote's painfully
truthful analysis of human folly, this is the birth of the Romantic spirit.
Book Six: Frankenstein. This is the point where my personal taste becomes
overbearing to my original mission. This was at once a very tough and a very
easy choice. To pick just one book to summarize the Romantic movement seemed to
me a terrible crime, and yet I don't think I could have picked a better one. A
beautiful, absolutely heart-wrenching novel. I would however accompany this with
some poems by Coleridge, Wordsworth and Byron.
Book Seven: Goethe's Faust. Fucking VITAL. Accompany this with some Poe and go
Book Eight: Moby Dick. My personal favorite novel of all time. Destructive and
beautiful, a tale of all that man can be.
Book Nine: The Sun Also Rises. So yeah, personal taste presiding over historical
importance big time. This should be more important however. This is the kind of
book that shakes your very foundations, and it could shake our collective
foundations too if anyone actually paid attention to it instead of focusing on
Hemingway's personal habits. Accompany with some Jack London stories for
White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity
Book Ten: The Stranger. I could have chosen something a bit newer for my last
book but I think this still is the perfect synthesis of modern man's essential conflict.
This should be accompanied by Camus' "The Myth of Sysyphus" essay and by
Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism."
|50 shades of grey|
|Harry Potter and its shitty movies|
|Stephen king and his non shitty movies|
|Good idea. I'll come back to it when I've thought a bit, but in terms of writers it would go something like this:|
The King James Bible
|I've actually never read Chaucer. Joyce is a great one that I criminally overlooked, cheers Rail.|
|game of thrones|
|cell by stephen king|
dreamcatcher by stephen king
|If you're going to read Chaucer, get yourself a copy of 'The Riverside Chaucer'. It's a little more expensive, but the textual notes, historical analysis and glossary are second-to-none. |
|And dean koontz|
|Needs more romantic Fabio novels.|
|Okay, WESTERN-wise (as many people don't seem to understand in this thread (Vonnegut, King, shit like that) I'll need to think.|
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Jules Verne
Hamlet-William Shakespeare (third most alluded to work ever)
King James Bible
The Canterbury Tales-Jeorffery Chaucer (he only created the written English language, nbd)
Paradise Lost-John Milton
Moby Dick-Herman Melville
Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte (it inspired Twilight, guys)
A Tale of Two Cities (or Oliver Twist or Great Expectations)-Charles Dickens
Bonus because fuck you: The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde
|and stephen king|
|Mine are all based on what they did for the future of writing and reading, not personal tastes (except Dorian Gray, that book was THE SHIT)|
|I read comics|
|100 years of solitude |
|"(he only created the written English language, nbd)"|
There was written English long before Chaucer. Beowulf, Waldere and all that jazz.
|*modern English language.|
|books are for tourists|
|"*modern English language."|
|Ulysses does a better job of summarising the entirety of Western literature and written English than this list, and you didn't include it? For shame.|