Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let…
1. Obasan - Joy Kogawa
(first book I ever cried over)
2. Once and Future King + The Book of Merlyn - T. H. White (the second book I ever cried over - specifically Book of Merlyn)
3. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
4. Kokoro - Natsume Soseki
(quiet and painful and dignified and expansive and sad)
5. Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima (you want psychological agony? This guy’s like Dostoyevsky with less Jesus and more homosexual repression)
6. Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
(OH MY GOD WHY IS HUMAN LIFE SO PAINFUL??)
7. Agamemnon - Aeschylus, translator Richmond Lattimore
(and it HAS to be the Lattimore translation - this is some seriously beautiful poetic shit, and I am 85% certain I want a few select stanzas of it tattooed upon my person)
8. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
(the book that made me realize how beautiful language could be)
9. The Giver - Lois Lowry
(I feel like this book starts a lot of people off on thinking about Big Questions, and I was no exception)
10. Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham (my favorite bildungsroman)
That’s it, now you know everything.
This has probably been done already, but oh well. I love these gals, so I wanted to share my arcane knowledge.
Such accurate, wow.
(Source: nyanja14, via bonbori)
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