Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reading Group continued

It looks like we have, potentially, at least 4 people now to be in a Reading Group. Me, e, llama, and Kristy. Others are still very much welcome, so just send me an email or comment saying you are interested. E asked what book I had in mind.

I started off thinking it would be cool to read the Quran. I bought it a few years back and always intended to read it, but never got around to it. I think that would be a bad idea now. Mainly, it's really long. And I think llama is right that we should start with something short. One great reason to do something short is that we don't want to get bored and then be stuck for weeks on end, just being too polite to say "I'm out." So I decided to peruse some 100 greatest all time lists and came up with some things that I think are shorter. I am hoping for nothing more than 100 pages. My criteria are 1) short, 2) someone thinks its worth reading, and 3) I haven't read it too much, usually not at all. Here's a bunch of suggestions. Please choose some favs for others to weed through or cross off some.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
Symposium - Plato
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - X and Alex Haley
Sonnets - Shakespeare
Shakespeare plays I've never seen or read - King Lear, Othello, etc.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Tolstoy (think it's shorter than War and Peace....)
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
Something by Poe other than the Raven and the Purloined Letter, oh not pit and the pendulum
Metamorphosis - Kafka
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen (play)
In the Imitation of Christ... Author? It's old.
The Prophet - Gibran - yes I went to a liberal arts college and never read it
Anything short by or about Ghandi - I've only seen the movie
Confessions - St. Augustine - how long are these? Aquinas wrote too much.
Lysistrata - Aristophanes (comedy/play)
New Testament Apocrypha - Gospel of Truth
The song of Roland - may be too long
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
One of Moliere's comedies
An Enquiry concerning human understanding - Hume (maybe too long)
The Federalist Papers - Hamilton, Madison, and Jay (some section thereof)
The Ancient Mariner or Kubla Khan - S.T. Coleridge
On Liberty - J.S. Mill (yes, I've read it, but geez it's worth reading)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Walden or Civil Disobodience by Thureau - really never read Walden
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Thus Spake Zarathustra - Nietzsche
One of Chekhov's plays like the Cherry Orchard
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
Animal Farm - Orwell (really never read it despite going to school)
The Story of My Life - Helen Keller
The Glass Menagerie, Streetcar named Desire - Tennessee Williams
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr.
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir (length?)

Well, that's enough. Nice list of my lack of education, no?

Please add, delete, etc. If no one does, I will narrow it down to about five things and we can go from there. If you are studying for the bar or something, feel free to join in once it's done.

2 comments:

-E said...

well, i am only going to comment on the ones i have an opinion on. i am not discounting the others, i just don't know enough about them. english class means i had a class that we discussed the book in.

1. anything by Shakespeare - probably not so good. i am willing to guess even if we read something none of us are familiar with, we have had enough shakespeare.
2. anything by poe. more open to this than shakespeare, but i have read a lot of poe in english class.
3. Metamorphosis - Kafka; english class
4. The song of Roland. not long but english class.
5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll. only seen the movie so this may be good.
6. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. i was actually just thinking about this book as i read it in english class but now that i am actually a mother i have an entirely different outlook on the book.
7. Grimm's Fairy Tales. always up for fairy tales, but grimm's tales have been heavily edited and revised. unless we all went out and purchased the same edition, they would likely be very different. i would love to read a first edition, but i have been told it is only available in german. (rapunzel is found out by the "witch" because her "clothes are tight"...)
8. Streetcar named Desire - Tennessee Williams. english class.

animal farm, time machine, oedipus rex, slaughterhouse-5 all catch my interest.

another book i am interested in is the wizard of oz. never read it, saw the movie and i read wicked. before i read wicked (excellent) again i wouldn't mind reading wizard of oz.

kristybox said...

Speaking of law school, you read a lot of this stuff at LSU Law. Well, at least if in addition to your JD, you get a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree.

My votes are in all caps, but I will go with whatever the crowd decides. I gave grades, with A meaning wanting to read and F meaning I'd rather eat broccoli!

Wizard of Oz - A+
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce B
Symposium - Plato READ ALREADY
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - X and Alex Haley B
Sonnets - Shakespeare D-
Shakespeare plays I've never seen or read - King Lear, Othello, etc. D
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Tolstoy (think it's shorter than War and Peace....) C
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles READ ALREADY
Something by Poe other than the Raven and the Purloined Letter, oh not pit and the pendulum B
Metamorphosis - Kafka C
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen (play)C
In the Imitation of Christ... Author? It's old. C
The Prophet - Gibran - yes I went to a liberal arts college and never read it READ ALREADY
Anything short by or about Ghandi - I've only seen the movie B
Confessions - St. Augustine - how long are these? Aquinas wrote too much. READ ALREADY (MOSTLY)
Lysistrata - Aristophanes (comedy/play) F
New Testament Apocrypha - Gospel of Truth B
The song of Roland - may be too long D
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan A
One of Moliere's comedies D
An Enquiry concerning human understanding - Hume (maybe too long)C
The Federalist Papers - Hamilton, Madison, and Jay (some section thereof)READ ALMOST ALL OF THEM AND DID MANY, MANY PROJECTS ON THEM
The Ancient Mariner or Kubla Khan - S.T. Coleridge C
On Liberty - J.S. Mill (yes, I've read it, but geez it's worth reading)C
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll B
Walden or Civil Disobodience by Thureau - really never read Walden C
The Awakening by Kate Chopin READ ALREADY
Grimm's Fairy Tales READ ALREADY
Thus Spake Zarathustra - Nietzsche D
One of Chekhov's plays like the Cherry Orchard D
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells A
The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot B
Animal Farm - Orwell (really never read it despite going to school)READ ALREADY
The Story of My Life - Helen Keller READ ALREADY
The Glass Menagerie, Streetcar named Desire - Tennessee Williams READ ALREADY - BOTH
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut A
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr. A
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar A
The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir (length?) A

Additional comment:

Wow, you are chosing deep, deep stuff. I was thinking something more fun (now ask me if I have any actual suggestions...blushing...nope) and less, well, like being in school. So I marked A's for the more fun stuff. But I'm game for something even more "pop culture" and less school. I really think it would expand your horizons.