Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
I'm sure there is more to the list, but this one was rather fantastic for me and it's held its appeal to this day.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Complete Works - William Shakespeare (best writing ever)
Morte D'Arthur - Sir Thomas Mallory (Caxton version, it's the reason why we read prose today)
Everything else tends to cycle with me. Books, for me, tend to be more about my understanding of them at the place and time when I read them than anything else. That doesn't necessarily lend itself to compiling favorites.
Though here's three I'd probably consider in any top 10:
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Some others that would make my list on a frequent basis:
Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkein (it wasn't necessarily designed to be chopped up into three books)
Going After Cacciato - Tim O'Brien
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
In Parenthesis - David Jones
I've always thought Stephen King's "The Stand" was unfairly dismissed by literary types. Epic story, sharp characters. Yeah, it's too linear, but the chief complaint against it usually boils down to its characters are too busy for endless introspection. I'm not sure that's a bad thing. I've read a lot of novels where I was aching for someone to do something (James Joyce I'm looking at you).
I store non-fiction in a different portion of my brain. Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract and George Dangerfield's Strange Death of Liberal England are first-rate reads though.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Make that a thing.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Make that a thing.
Ten works of fiction I don't think have been mentioned yet:
1. The Aubrey-Maturin Novels- O'Brian
2. The Quincunx- Palliser
3. The Flashman Novels- Fraser
4. Ring Lardner's Best Stories
5. The Most Of S.J. Perelman
6, The Once And Future King- White
7. The Postman Always Rings Twice- Cain
8. Piece Of Cake- Robinson
9. The Adventures Of Augie March- Bellow
10. Edwin Mullhouse- The Life and Death Of An American Writer, 1943-1954- Millhausen
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra
I could probably pass with sweetshop's list, but I'll change it up a bit...all fiction, and no poetry or plays except for Shakespeare (I can't cut him out).
Complete Works - Shakespeare
Bartelby the Scrivener (short story, but long enough) - Herman Melville
Ada, or Ardor - Vladimir Nabokov
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
Peter Pan - James Barrie
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
All the Names - Jose Saramago
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Native Son - Richard Wright
and the Little House books, which get better every time I read them.
I appear to have a lot of books about angry or stunted young men. Hmmm. To be fair, that's a huge portion of literature.
I love this thread...it is reminding me of books I've always wanted to read but haven't. Keep em coming.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
1. Madame Bovary--Flaubert (peerless)
2. Magic Mountain--Mann
3. The Idiot--Dostoevsky
5. Lord Jim--Conrad
6. The Secret Agent--Conrad
7. Wieland--Charles Brockden Brown
8. Day of the Locust--West
9. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?--McCoy
10. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--Joyce
11. Wings of the Dove--James
12. Golden Bowl--James
13. Jekyll and Hyde--Stevenson
14. Sister Carrie--Dreiser
15. An American Tragedy--Dreiser
16. Wise Blood--Flannery O'Connor
18. Jude the Obscure--Thomas Hardy
19. Dead Souls--Gogol
20. Bleak House--Dickens
21. Scarlet Letter--Hawthorne
22. Absalom, Absalom!--Faulkner
23. Go Down, Moses--Faulkner
24. Gulliver's Travels--Swift
25. The Confidence Man--Melville
All right, from my youth, mostly. Novels. Since the kids, well, who reads any more....
Gravity's Rainbow -- Thomas Pynchon
Tristram Shandy -- Lawrence Sterne
Ulysses -- James Joyce
Lie Down in Darkness -- William Styron
On the Road -- Jack Kerouac
Et tu, Babe -- Mark Leyner
Universal Baseball Association, J. Hemry Waugh, Proprietor -- Robert Coover
The Power and the Glory -- Graham Greene
The Waves -- Virginia Woolf
The Vox Populi Stories -- Dallas Wiebe
Pale Fire -- Vlad Nabokov
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
My advice to the young people of today? I'm tempted to say: Surround yourself with flunkies and yes-men and have naked slaves, perfumed with musk, fan you with plastic fronds while you write. Because that's what worked for me. But what does history teach us?
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Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
I realize this list is all over the place.
One Hundred Years of Solitude (GGM)
Hard Times (Dickens)
Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
The Name of the Rose (Eco)
The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky)
The Shadow of the Wind (Ruiz Zafon)