My Top Novels for 2011
This list does not include Japanese literature
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo-no contest, number one book of the year.-maybe of several years.
- Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell-so glad I finally read this book. It was way better than I thought it would be. I loved it.
- Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann-been on my to read list for decades-not by any means a light read but very worth the time.
- Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol--a strange wonderful book-foodies will love it-I don't care what Nabokov said, this is a comic novel.
- Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo-both Hugo books should be on all literary autodidacts life time lists.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Marquez-OK maybe a bit over hyped but still a must read.
- A Passage to India by E. M. Forester-a near overwhelming work. Amazing
- Man Eater of Malguidi-by R. K. Narayan-just such a wonderful fun book. Trust me on this one!
- Waiting for Godot-big time must read play-Samuel Beckett
- Ubo Roi by Alfred Jarry-I learned of his great import this year
- Tristram Shandy-by Lawrence Sterne-very odd book!
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens-for a read along-not the best of his work but still it is Dickens.
- Portrait of a Lady by Henry James-readable!
- The Value of Rain by Brandon Shire-Powerful new writer
- The Plague by Albert Camus-culturally really important work
- Silk by Grace Dane Mazur-beautiful collection of short stories
- Ivan and Misha by Michael Alenyikov-amazing collection of short stories
- Access: Thirteen Tales by Xi Xu -marvelous collection of short stories
- Nude by Nuala Ní Chonchúi-another great collection of short stories
- The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories-edited by William Trevor-classic
- The Collected Short Stories of Elizabeth Bowen-a legacy for the ages-stories for real adults
Somewhere in Minnesota by Orfhlaith Foyle - great short story collectionOnce you get past book number three, the order listed does not mean anything. I read 86 novels in 2011 and five dramas. I also read 6 works of nonfiction.I also read about 700 short stories in 2011. I was going to try to do a best ten or twenty post on them but it is just sort of not something I want to do just yet.
What were your big reads of the year?