5 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once
The wisest poetry, the most extraordinary prose: five top-shelf books that will blow open your understanding of the world.
Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, who he’ll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these?
by T.S. Eliot
This is the most musical and wisest poetry in the language of our time and place. (Short of that, The Complete Poems 1927–1979, by Elizabeth Bishop.)
The culminating achievement of Eliot’s poetic career. The four parts: “Burnt Norton“,”East Coker“, “The Dry Salvages” and “Little Gidding” present a rigorous meditation upon those spiritual, philosophical and personal themes that preoccupied the author.
The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century
translated by Thomas Merton
We all sometimes need to imagine what it would be like to live simply and purely, dedicated to a force larger than ourselves.
Thomas Merton was a Trappist Monk and wrote this book that contains his favorite quotes from ‘Verba Seniorum’. He chooses these for himself and his fellow monks in order to make some of the sayings of the Desert Fathers more accessible. He begins this book with a very well written introduction.
Merton wrote this book not as a history of the early Desert Fathers. What he provides are a selection of extracts from their writings that had proved useful for him in his contemplative life. The book is definitely worth reading. A book you will keep by your night stand.
by Samuel Beckett
We need to remember that just because we’re sad, that doesn’t mean we’re not also marvelously comical and transcendently courageous.
‘Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful.’ This line was adopted by Jean Anouilh, to characterize the first production of “Waiting For Godot” at the Theatre de Babylone, in 1953. Anybody acquinted with Beckett’s masterly black comedy would not question the recognition of this twentieth-century literature classic.
This, the first in Achebe’s monumental and unsparing trilogy of Igbo life in western Africa, is the strongest and most important novel of the postcolonial world.
Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”. This edition includes three interviews with Chinua Achebe as well as essays and responses on “Things Fall Apart” and the author, the Igbo/African background, and style and language. It includes a chronology and bibliography.
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