OK, in Persian we have something called “I ate shit”, and people say that in many situations, but also when they boast something and then realize how difficult it is. I wanted to participate in a Facebook game in which we name ten books which stayed with us and we love. Now my dear friends were kind enough to tag me in this game, now I feel that I indeed have had a healthy meal of shit, as it has proven very difficult to narrow it down to ten.
I wrote this is blogpost, But I think it’s a good list of recommended books so I share them with my dear blog readers too.
I’ll only include books with a positive impact, a lots of books stayed very strongly with me and were maybe even more influential (no other person has influenced me as much as Mussolini), but these are books that have stayed with me negatively, let’s be positive baby.
But, I’m going to cheat anyway, writing two lists, for fiction and non fiction. Anyway, here it is:
1) The Trial by Franz Kafka – Very influential in my writing.
2) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – A novel which showed me what a plot should look like and also channeled my obsession of revolution into my other obsession literature.
3) The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence – Very influential in how I view politics and history in relation to novel.
4) 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade – a novel which taught me to be rebellious as an author.
5) A Song of Ice And Fire series by George RR Martin – books which tickled me to finally get down to write my own fantasy novel, very influential on my life.
6) Middlemarch by George Eliot – Possibly the greatest novel of all time, a great book of characters and the intertwined nature of politics and normal life.
7) Nemesis by Philip Roth – A book which shows the struggles of fear of death and believing in a an evil god (rather than no god), a fucking swan song if there ever was one.
8) The Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy – HOLY SHIT THAT PROSE
9) Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel – I read this rather recently but I’m sure it’ll stay with me, again a great book about politics and how it affects people. I’m already imitating it.
10) The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler – Best detective novel of all time.
1) On Liberty by John Stuart Mill – no other book has defined the way I argue and think as much as this one.
2) The Satanic Bible by Anton Svandor LaVey – The book which was very instrumental in me becoming very anti-religion.
3) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – Very influential in my feminism and my view of writing so there’s both of these things.
4) My Last Sigh by Luis Bunuel – This is how you write a memoir, you motherfucker.
5) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Also this way.
6) Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell – This is the best biography that was ever written, ever conceived, ever will be written, ever will be conceived. This is a great novel masquerading as a biography. This is the most beautiful thing ever written. This is my number one book of all time.
7) The Mirror and the Lamp by M. H. Abrams – No other book on literary theory was as influential as this one on me.
8) Hitchcock by François Truffaut – Stop reading Cracked.com and read this book. It explains everything you need to know about both cinema and narration. You’re welcome.
9) The Sacred Wood by T. S. Eliot – Whenever I’m saying why something is great, or why some author is great, in one way I’m going to this book.
10) The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas” by Isiah Berlin. Well Berlin could not NOT appear and this is my favorite book of him.
So my dear commenters, which books stayed with you throughout the years? Tell me below, and recommend them to other readers of this blog and me.