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Classics Club


Rachel’s wonderful blog has introduced me to a great idea: the Classics Club. Many people will already know about this, but I am a bit slow, so forgive me.

The premise is simple: pick 50 classic books that you would like to read over the next five years. Well, five years is a little too long for me to be thinking ahead, so I’m going to try 50 is 2 years!

My list is below the fold. I have used the Classics Club review list for some inspiration, and I’ve put the list in alphabetical order of the author’s name, rather than the order in which I read them!

  1. Things Fall Apart, Achebe
  2. Obabakoak, Atxaga
  3. La fille aux yeux d’or, Balzac
  4. The Possessed, Batuman
  5. El Mayorazgo de Labraz, Baroja
  6. Murphy, Beckett
  7. The Decameron, Boccaccio
  8. Agnes Grey, Bronte
  9. Nostromo, Conrad
  10. El séptimo velo, De Prado
  11. Jacques the Fatalist, Diderot
  12. The Name of the Rose, Eco
  13. La niña de Luzmela, Espina
  14. Middlesex, Eugenides
  15. Herculine Barbine, Foucault
  16. Stardust, Gaiman
  17. North and South, Gaskell
  18. The Islands, Gamerro
  19. The Nether World, Gissing
  20. The Well of Loneliness, Hall
  21. The Portrait of a Lady, James
  22. Satantango, Krasznahorkai
  23. The Golden Notebook, Lessing
  24. Wolf Hall, Mantel
  25. Bring up the Bodies, Mantel
  26. The Last of the Vostyachs, Marani
  27. El lugar sin culpa, Marino
  28. Las visiones de Lucrecia, Marino
  29. King Rat, Mieville
  30. Perdido Street Station, Mieville
  31. The Heptameron, Navarre
  32. What is knowledge?, Ortega y Gasset
  33. The Gormenghast Trilogy, Peake
  34. Fortunata y Jacinta, Perez Galdos
  35. Halma, Perez Galdos
  36. Gargantua and Pantagruel, Rabelais
  37. Midnight’s Children, Rushdie
  38. The Satanic Verses, Rushdie
  39. Nausea, Sartre
  40. Girl Meets Boy, Smith
  41. The Red and the Black, Stendhal
  42. The Kreutzer Sonata, Tolstoy
  43. War and Peace, Tolstoy
  44. Niebla, Unamuno (cheating a little as it’s on my ‘currently reading’ list, but I’ve not gotten far with it yet…)
  45. Candide, Voltaire
  46. Weight, Winterson
  47. The Dream, Zola
  48. The Fortune of the Rougons, Zola
  49. The Kill, Zola
  50. Therese Raquin, Zola

1 Comment

  1. That's a great list. You've got some really good ones in there! Welcome to the club!

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