And, of course, I heard of it from the indefatigable Dave Lull ;-)
OK I'm babysitting nephews and neices. What better thing to do than compile a book-list of my favourite reads and pretend it matters.Dostoevsky-all the major works.Tolstoy-War & PeaceRussell Hoban-Riddley WalkerKnut Hamsun-MysteriesAldous Huxley-Eyeless in Gaza and much else with special mention to The Perennial PhilosophyHermann Hesse-Glass Bead Game though again Hesse always a pleasure.John Cowper Powys-Glastonbury Romance.Nietzsche-Various, most especially Thus Spoke Zarathustra.New Testament, especially John. Should get along well with the German with the extravagant moustache above.Victor Pelevin- Clay Machine Gun(Buddha's Little Finger in the US I think). Much else especially Life of Insects.A few others perhaps a little lower down the rungs some DH Lawrence, Jean Giono, Camus' The Plague, Krishnamurti, Andrew Welburn's Beginnings of Christianity, Cortez and Montezuma(one extraordinary tale), some Dickens, Peter Ackroyd's William Blake biography, Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan, Pullman's His Dark Materials was pretty addictive stuff...Enough for now.
Where's me comment gone? Though it appears now that I'm commenting on its absence. There's something deep in this. Anwyay, I'll throw in another writer tainted by far-right leanings- Celine's Journey to the End of the Night. Also Hitler's Mein Kampf is a great page turner. I do jest. Things I'd be interested in reading again that I certainly enjoyed hugely at the time were Wilde's Dorian Gray and Kerouac's Desolation Angels. Dunno how they'd shape up now.
Gee, Andrew, I missed this. I'm surprised at how similar our tastes are. I think Journey to the Enbd of the Night is a must read actually. And of course Powys and Hesse/ And Giono - wonderful! Krishnamurti - a very subtle thinker.I reviewed Ackroyd's Blake biography and was much impressed.