"The Evenings" - Another One for the Haven't Read Pile


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An extremely nice collection excellent book covers.



Haven't Read This One, But Love The Cover Art


Esmeralda And Her Goat Djali - Lionel Royer


War And Peace - Leo Tolstoy

This has 559 characters. In my edition, that averages out to about one new character every two pages. I feel like this has a lot of characters for the same reason guys who don't need to haul heavy loads buy really big pickup trucks.



The Tombs Of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

This is one of the greatest things I've ever read in my life.



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Not as well known as Sunzi's Art of War, but still quite good (and short): the 36 Stratagems (a.k.a. 36 Ways of Getting out of Trouble)



The Alchemist - Ben Jonson

I really want to like a play that starts with 'I fart at thee', but most of the humour doesn't really hit home.

The sort of people that praise this as a masterpiece and a work of genius also become visibly upset when the same type of humour is sold to a modern audience. I had English teachers who would endlessly whine and complain about Adam Sandler and the like, but is this monument of world literature really any different? The world of English majors and literary critics has a lot more to do with posturing than with actual books.



The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

I think the English translator must have been better than the original writer, because most English speakers I have met who have read this walked away with a positive impression. In Portuguese, Coelho often comes across as barely literate.

This is two books which alternate from chapter to chapter. The first book is about a boy looking for treasure. The second is a self-help book for narcissists who worry that they are not self-serving and manipulative enough. In the end (spoilers), the boy finds where the treasure should be buried and starts digging. Pretty soon he gives up and decides the actual treasure was the experiences he had along the way. Then he digs a bit more and finds some gold and gems and decides that the real treasure was actually getting really rich.