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The 9 Country Author Cruise

For the second time now, I have decided to join a reading challenge. After signing up for the Russian trip, I have decided to go on a world tour – 9 countrie to be precise. The Orbis Terrarum (whole world) challenge being hosted by B&b Ex-Libris is a truly irresistible one. No one can give you as much variety and quality at the same time. I need to pick 9 books from authors of 9 different countries (the best part being I can change the same anytime). Here is my pick currently:

  1. The Prague Orgy Philip Roth (US)
  2. Cat and Mouse Gunter Grass (Poland)
  3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami (Japan)
  4. Ignorance Milan Kundera (Czechkoslovakia)
  5. The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (India)
  6. Plague Albert Camus (Algeria)
  7. The Case of Exploding Mangoes Mohammad Hanif (Pakistan)
  8. Under the Net Iris Murdoch (Ireland)
  9. The Life and Times of Michael K J.M. Coetzee (South Africa)

Using the flexibility provided by this challenge, I have edited the list. A word for the book that helped me compile this list – 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and the Booker Longlist 2008 (UPDATE). It is a fascinating collectors piece for any book-lover, whether you agree with the compilation or not.

Russian Reading Challenge 2008

I have loved Russian literature, at least of whatever little I Crime and Punishmenthave read. Reading Challenges generally limit your choices and therefore I skip them in general. However this one was irresistible and offered no excuses to let go. So, here I am. Since I have the liberty to change the titles, I shall list out the ones that I have always wanted to read in the recent past and probably will now, thanks to the this challenge. Here’s the list:

1. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Tugenev
2. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. Confessions – Leo Tolstoy
5. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch -Alexander Solzhenitsyn

6. The Kiss – Anton Chekov

Joining My First Reading Challenge

Here is the list of 5 non-fiction books I intend to read between May and September for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge:

1. Relativity Simply Explained by Martin Gardner
2. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
3. The Province of Jurisprudence Determined by John Austin
4. The Outsider by Colin Wilson
5. Dialogues and Natural History of Religion by David Hume
Bonus Reads (if I am fortunate enough to finish the rest)
6. The Metaphysics by Aristotle
7. The Phenomonology of Mind by G.W.F Hegel

On the stack

This is my proposed reading list for the coming months. Anyone having read any of these titles is most welcome to share their view about how they liked them.

  1. The Lesson of the Master Henry James
  2. The Fall Albert Camus
  3. The Elements of Style Strunk and White
  4. Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder
  5. Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen
  6. Eats, Shoots & Leaves Lynne Truss
  7. Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev
  8. No Exit and Three Other Plays Jean Paul Sartre
  9. Relativity Simply Explained Martin Gardner
  10. The Province of Jurisprudence Determined John Austin

Shall also post my experience after having read them, post 30th May. In the meantime, other posts might follow, provided exams permit.