some time ago i did a post with the books that i’d read in a certain year and this is a continuation of that. but this time it’s the books i read this year which currently is 2015 and here they all are
|Ancient North America||Brian M Fagan|
|Memoirs Vol 1||William T Sherman|
|Memoirs Vol 2||William T Sherman|
|Selected One Act Plays||George Bernard Shaw|
|The March Of Portola||Zoeth S. Eldredge|
|Trips To Mars||Lucian|
|Narrative of New Netherland||Various|
|The Faber Book of America||ed. by Christopher Ricks & William Vance|
|The Red Badge of Courage||Stephen Crane|
|A History of Europe||JM Roberts (II)|
|The History of Louisiana||Le Page Du Pratz|
|Galactic Pot-Healer||Philip K Dick|
|By Night In Chile||Roberto Bolaño|
|The Divine Comedy 1 Hell||Dante Aligheri|
|Charles Bukowski||Barry Miles|
|Mrs Shelley||Lucy M Rossetti|
|A Life of Philip K Dick||Anthony Peake|
|George Gershwin||Alan Kendall|
|Miles Beyond||Paul Tingen (II)|
|Misquoting Muhammad||Jonathan A C Brown|
|Voyage around the World||Bougainville|
|Summer Crossing||Truman Capote|
|The Storyteller||W.Benjamin (IV)|
|The Enchanted Wanderer||Nikolai Leskov|
|White Rooms & Imaginary Westerns||Pete Brown|
|Valis||Philip K Dick|
|Across The Plains||Robert Louis Stevenson|
|Briefing For A Descent Into Hell||Doris Lessing (II)|
|Selected Tales||N.Leskov (III)|
|Cantata 140||Philip K Dick|
|Lost Illusions||Honoré de Balzac|
|Hung Lou Meng||Cao Xueqin|
|The Last Crusade||Nigel Cliff|
|What’s Welsh For Zen||John Cale & Victor Bockris (II)|
|Popism||Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett (II)|
|Alfred Jarry A Pataphysical Life||Alastair Brotchie|
|The Jugurthine War||Sallust|
|The Letters of||Lady Mary Wortley Montague|
|The Woman of Andros||Thornton Wilder (IV)|
|The Diaries||Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett|
|Letters Of||Madame de Sévigné|
|When We Dead Awaken||Henrik Ibsen|
|Visions and Revisions||John Cowper Powys|
i’ll write a bit about some of them not all because that would be too much.
the first one i mentioned in my last post so enough about that.
general sherman is one of those great characters they named a tank after him. anyone who gets a tank named after them must be ok?
the march of portola tells the fascinating tale of the european discovery of california. what a hostile environment that was back then.
i returned to the american civil war with stephen crane’s book which arguably helped to define war correspondence and cast a new light on the overall theme of war.
john roberts’ a history of europe can be seen as a companion piece to his triumph of the west series which i have posted the 1st episode and promise to deliver more in time. the tension between christian and muslim society grows ever more emphatic.
philip k dick’s galactic pot-healer is a very weird trip and i think it would make a fantastic film but you would have to have a lot of cgi for the underwater sequences. maybe not – a few plastic models floating in a tank might do the trick. later i read the biography very much around the time of reading barry miles’ book about bukowski. 2 californian lives.
whereas gershwin was east coast.
going back to the history of europe/christian/muslim equation jonathon brown’s book tries to shed some light on some of the important issues which seem to be becoming more and more vital day to day.
the new translation (2 years old by now) of the enchanted wanderer and other stories was something i had my eye on for a while. sometimes it pays to hold off immediate desires and play a long, laborious game of catch. the eponymous tale is a masterpiece and it’s all good.
i’d read all of bruce chatwin’s books (maybe not some obscure ones if there are any) except for utz so was glad to find this in a 2nd hand bookshop – oxfam at the top of park street in bristol i think but possibly elsewhere. whereas the leskov interacts with walter benjamin’s the storyteller essay then utz interacts with the unpacking my library essay.
and then straight into doris lessing’s briefing for a descent into hell. dantaesque?
eventually as the year staggered to completion i plunged into the world of jarry and warhol – an unnatural combination, one devolving into a world of poverty and the other becoming increasingly wealthy especially with death. both benefited from death one dying in his mere thirties the other lasting into his fifties. both difficult to measure exactly how influential. whatever i’ll stick with them.