A couple of months ago, I started a list of books I wanted my kids to read when they approached adulthood. While I am no literary buff and basically uneducated, as witnessed by my skirting of the classics, these novels are among the ones that opened my mind.
Since I have the world’s worst memory, there are a probably a hundred more that should be here, but have slipped through the cracks of my brain.
Gunter Grass. The Flounder. The Tin Drum. etc.
Thomas Pynchon. V. Mason & Dixon. and so on.
Jim Dodge. FUP.
Joseph Heller. Catch 22.
Naguib Mahfouz. Midaq Alley
Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness.
Herman Hess. Siddartha.
William Boyd. The Destiny of Nathalie X.
Graham Green - all and anything by him
Douglas Adams. Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.
Ken Kesey. One flew over the Cuckoos Nest.
Gabriel Garcia Marques. Love in the time of cholera. 100 Years of Solitude.
Ante Andric. Bridge over the river Drina.
Ben Okri. The famished road.
Moses Isegawa. The Abyssinian Chronicles.
Tim Robbins. Still life with Woodpecker
John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men.
Cormac McCarthy. Border Trilogy
Evelyn Waugh. Scoop.
Albert Camus. The Stranger
Franz Kafka. The Trial
JRR Tolkien. Lord of the Rings.
Richard Adams. Watership Down.
John Updike. take your pick.
John Irving. The World According to Garp.