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Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Zhuang Zi by Zhuang Zi
Little, Big by John Crowley
Pale Fire
Tristram Shandy
Don Quixote
Hamlet
Bleak House
Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
The Worm Ouroboros
Catch 22
Stories by Franz Kafka
City by Clifford D. Simak
Leonora Carrington
Gene Wolfe
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
Patric Highsmith
J M Coetzee
Tolstoy
Goncharov
Dostoievsky
Beckett
Proust

What else should I read? Who am I missing?

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6 thoughts on “More Books and Writers

  1. Hmm. Free advice is worth every penny you pay for it, but I recommend:

    * They Walked Like Men by Clifford Simak (shape changers exploit legal loopholes to invade earth)

    * What Mad Universe by Fredric Brown (funny, dramatic, suspenseful sci-fi)

    * The Sinful Ones by Fritz Leiber (a man realizes that only he and a few others are conscious)

    * Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad (a near-future talk show host faces a moral dilemma)

    * Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd (historical novel about the area around Stonehenge from 10,000 BCE onward)

    * The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (not including the forgettable fourth and fifth books)

    * Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward (astronauts communicate with creatures living on the surface of a neutron star)

    * Double Mobius Sphere by P.S. Nim (a boy genius might solve the ultimate structure of the universe)

    * Spaceland by Rudy Rucker (http://www.rudyrucker.com/spaceland/)

    * “Flop Sweat,” a short story that Harlan Ellison wrote in 24 hours as part of a radio challenge; the adrenaline of the exercise is clearly visible in the story itself. Actually, I just looked it up and I was wrong: He wrote it in SIX hours. Amazing.

    * Books you probably know already, since you’ve read Pico della Mirandola: Lays of Ancient Rome by Thomas Macaulay; Essay on Man by Alexander Pope; Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

  2. I have recently discovered Romain Rolland’s Jean-Christophe. Judging from your list, you might like it as Romain Rolland was a corresodent with Tolstoy, who shared with him a serious desire for an end to war amoung peoples.

    A voice for European peace in the decades leading up to WWI, his argument became most fleshed out when he published his philosophical fiction Jean-Christophe. The story follows a passionite german man as he lives in France, Italy and finally back to Germany. During his travels he meets characters that embody the argument’s of the day and through the main character Rolland voices his resoponses.

    One year after publishing his study of Europe, WWI breaks out. From there he spends the war years uniting broken families and communicating the losses of war to the families of the continent. Afterwards became involved with bringing Indian culture to the West through work with Vivekananda. It was through that work that I found him. If not for catching a reference to him when following up the Vivekananda quote at the begining of Will Durant’s section on India in his History of Civilization Volume I. I might have missed Mr. Rolland’s grand work.

  3. The Dark Back of Time by Javier Marias and
    A History of Reading by Antonio Manguel.

    I know you’ve read Merrill and Bishop. Have you read Marianne Moore and Kay Ryan?

    And during recreational moments, maybe Theodore Roethke and Russell Edson?

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