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*Retired* 2008 Lists > Carmelo's 50 Starting in July 08

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message 1: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:03AM) (new)

David S. T. I'll probably go ahead and include the books I've read this month and go from there.

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I decided to include all of the books I read this year. Since I've only started reading in June, here are the books read in June also:

1. The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger, 1951)
2. The Story of the Eye (Georges Bataille, 1928)
3. Snapshots (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1968)
4. The Trial (Franz Kafka, 1925)
5. The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka, 1915)
6. Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller, 1934)


message 2: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:04AM) (new)

David S. T. I'll probably read another book or two before this month ends but here is what I've read thus far.


7. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866)
8. The Pearl (John Steinbeck, 1947)
9. Jealousy (Alan Robbe-Grillet, 1957)
10. If on a winter's night a traveler (Italo Calvino, 1979)

11-13. The New York Trilogy(Paul Auster, 1984-1986)
11. City of Glass (1985)
12. Ghosts (1986)
13. The Locked Room (1986)

14. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway, 1952)
15. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck, 1937) [Reread]
16. In the Labyrinth (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1959)


message 3: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy (jimmylorunning) this is hopeless. you'll never reach your goal. give up now, loser!


message 4: by David S. T. (new)

David S. T. Its still early and I think the goal might be in reach if I try real hard.


message 5: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments not too supportive there Jimmy...


message 6: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:04AM) (new)

David S. T. 17. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami, 1985)


message 7: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy (jimmylorunning) Mary, you wouldn't be supportive either if you knew what kind of person Carmelo is!!!


message 8: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:04AM) (new)

David S. T. 18. Hunger (Knut Hamsun, 1890)
19. The Lover (Marguerite Duras, 1984)


message 9: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 20. Invention of Morel (Adolfo Bioy Casares, 1940)


message 10: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 21. Almost No Memory: Stories (Lydia Davis, 2001)


message 11: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 22. La Belle Captive (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1975)


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

We've got some pretty similar books, Carmelo. I read Hunger, the New York Trilogy and a Murakami this year, and If On A Winter's Night late last year.


message 13: by David S. T. (new)

David S. T. I've only started to read again in June after about an 8 year break and right now I'm still trying to discover new stuff to read. You have some interesting reads on your list.


message 14: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 23. The Erotic Dream Machine: Interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet on His Films (Fragola and Roch C. Smith, 1992)

Great read if you're interested in Robbe-Grillet's films. Although the interviews are full of spoilers so its best to see the films before reading the book (which might be hard since most don't have a r1 release).


message 15: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 24. Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry, 1947)

After 100 pages, I was so confused that I just started over from the beginning (it was that or just give up completely). This ended up being a remarkable book (one of the best I've read, although I've not read enough for that to mean much).


message 16: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM) (new)

David S. T. 25. La Maison de rendez-vous (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1965)


message 17: by David S. T. (last edited Aug 27, 2008 11:06AM) (new)

David S. T. 26. Dubliners (James Joyce, 1914)

27. Djinn (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1981) -- Easily the most accessible Robbe-Grillet I've read.


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David S. T. 28. Moon Palace (Paul Auster, 1989)


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I'm going to go see Paul Auster speak on Monday! What did you think of Moon Palace? I've heard kind of mixed things about that one.


message 20: by David S. T. (new)

David S. T. That is pretty cool.

I liked Moon Palace a bunch, I've only read that and the NYT and I'd probably rate Moon Palace just slightly behind The Locked Room as my two favorite Auster books.


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Alright, I'm definitely gonna check it out then. NYT is still my only Auster, besides his intro for Hunger.


message 22: by David S. T. (new)

David S. T. 29. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1962)


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David S. T. 30. Belle de jour (Joseph Kessel, 1928)


message 24: by David S. T. (last edited Sep 17, 2008 05:58PM) (new)

David S. T. 31. Project for a Revolution in New York: A Novel (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1970)


32. Night (Elie Wiesel, 1960)


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David S. T. 33. Kinski Uncut / All I Need Is Love (Klaus Kinski, 1988)


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

How was that?


message 27: by David S. T. (new)

David S. T. It was good, but about 2/3s of the book was Kinski telling about his sexual encounters which started to get tiresome. The best parts were where the talked about Herzog, reading what he says, he practically had to step in to stop Herzog from ruining the films.


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David S. T. 34. Foam of the Daze (Boris Vian, 1947)


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David S. T. 35. Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami, 2005)


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David S. T. 36. The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis, 1942)


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David S. T. 37. The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon, 1966)


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David S. T. 38. The Loser (Thomas Bernhard, 1991)


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David S. T. 39. The Mezzanine (Nicholson Baker, 1988)


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David S. T. 40. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (Ernest Hemingway, 1961)


message 35: by David S. T. (last edited Oct 16, 2008 08:22PM) (new)

David S. T. 41. Ficciones (Jorge Luis Borges, 1962)

42. Savage Night (Jim Thompson, 1953)


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David S. T. 43. After Dark (Haruki Murakami, 2004)


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David S. T. 44. The Killer Inside Me (Jim Thompson, 1952)

45. Consider the Lobster (David Foster Wallace, 2005)


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David S. T. 46. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess, 1962)

Almost there.


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David S. T. 47. Hear the Wind Sing (Haruki Murakami, 1979)


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David S. T. 48. Jakob von Gunten (Robert Walser, 1909)


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