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A Lifetime's Reading: Five Hundred Great Books to be Enjoyed over 50 Years

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Suppose that you knew someone of fifteen to twenty-five with an inclination for reading: how could you help to direct that inclination, so that by a gradual process it would be possible to absorb, over the next fifty years, most of the masterpieces of the world's literature?

It would be difficult to choose, from the millions of books in the public libraries, and from the te
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Oleander Press (first published October 1st 1981)
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Hadrian
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book of remarkable breadth of learning. Ward has organized here a list of some five hundred books organized in fifty chapters (here called 'years'), with short essays appended to each book. These could detail a short biography of the author, the country in which they lived, or even music to listen to when reading. Russian folk tales, for instance, accompany the ballets which they inspired. Or, if you're reading a book which is part of an oral tradition, it could be useful to hear the t ...more
Alec
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An amazing reference on the worlds greatest literature.
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A fascinating collection of great books to be inspired by. Many of which I had never heard of. The author provides a brief synopsis and summary of each book, recommending the best versions and translations where appropriate, and also recommending supporting background reading or music from the same period and region to be explored.
The author has tried very hard to provide a range of books across time and the whole world, to try to remove some of our western European bias when we think about 'lit
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Antonio Gallo
"Non dovremmo mai smettere di essere "lettori", semplici, puri lettori, non per imparare o per altri motivi, ma per il piacere di leggere. Dovremmo sapere come leggere e desiderare di leggere e ricevere, per nutrire noi stessi, come con un cibo delizioso, per crescere in saggezza, in maniera organica, non per fare uso di quello che leggiamo da un punto di vista sociale, come si fa in società, ma per diventare esseri umani che comprendono l'arte della lettura, per diventare capaci di empatia". (C ...more
James
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Within the genre, books about books, this is the most comprehensive guide to world literature. Philip Ward has created a reading list to last for fifty years and it is filled with both classics and uncommon books by authors from every continent and era. The one thing all the books have in common is a quality of value for readers of all ages. The most fascinating aspect is the medley of authors that he creates for each year of reading. The overall effect it creates is one of a boon companion to m ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, classics
Suggests reading ten, from these 500, per year and then in only 50 years you'd have them all read! I've read maybe 10-20 of them (in 1984 – quite a few I never even heard of) mostly in high school and college. The only one I read recently was Complete Sherlock Holmes which I read last year (1983).
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I've had this book for years. It was one of the first to bring in books from all over the world. It's importance to my life is inestimable.
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Philip Ward was a chartered librarian who was appointed as Director of the Unesco/Government of Indonesia Project for the Development of the National Library Service, Jakarta. He is the author of more than fifty books. A poet, dramatist, and reviewer for World Literature Today, Ward has a large working private library and in 1956 was founding Honorary Secretary of the Private Libraries Association ...more