The Queue

vgbcAlthough we had read it in 1994, the Brothers began 2014 by reading Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. As we did 20-years ago, we remembered things past by baking madeleines, drinking champagne and singing Frere Jacques outdoors…in the nude. Wonderful book, wonderful memories.

After the year’s inaugural book, it was down to brass tacks, hot lead, stray loads, an oddessy and so it goes…

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

At the All Star break, we are reading Bernard Malamud’s The Natural, with the following works on deck…

Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (824-pgs)
Mao II (256-pgs); Underworld (832-pgs) – Don Delillo
Little Bee – Chris Cleave (271-pgs)
The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson (480-pgs)
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (384-pgs)
Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann (375-pgs)
Martin Dressler…The Tale of an American Dreamer – Steven Millhauser (293-pgs)
The Tender Bar – J.R. Moehringer (370-pgs)
Wait Till Next Year – Doris Kearns (272-pgs)
The Gift of Rain – Tan Twam Eng (450-pgs)
New York – Edward Rutherfurd (880-pgs)
The End of Faith – Sam Harris (348-pgs)
Tortilla Flat – Steinbeck (208-pgs)
Brave New World – Huxley (288-pgs)
Shadow of the Wind – Zafon (487-pgs)
Suite Francaise – Nemirovsky (448-pgs)
The Roadhouse – Erdich (368-pgs)
Disgrace – Coetzee (224-pgs)
The Joke – Kundera (336-pgs)
The Abyss – Yourcenar (374-pgs)
Oryx & Crake – M. Atwood (389-pgs)
Matterhorn – Marlantes (640-pgs)
Cutting for Stone – Verghese (688-pgs)
The Naked and the Dead – Mailer (736-pgs)
Pastoralia – Saunders (208-pgs, short stories)
My Documents -Zambra (200-pgs, short stories)
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe – Ligotti (464-pgs, short stories (10/6/15 release))
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Christie (304-pgs)
Something Wicked this Way Comes – Bradbury (304-pgs)
Lucky Jim – Amis (296-pgs)
Going Bovine – Bray (496-pgs)
Rabbit, Run – Updike (336-pgs)
Blindness – Saramago (352-pgs)
The Boys in the Boat – Brown (416-pgs)
Frankenstein in Bagdad – Saadawi (352-pgs) Upon translation into English
David and Goliath – Gladwell (320-pgs)
In the Lake of the Woods (336-pgs), Going After Cacciato (352-pgs) – O’Brien
Absurdistan – Shteyngart (352-pgs)
Dublinesque – Vila-Matas (320-pgs)
The Land Breakers – Ehle (368-pgs)
Promise at Dawn – Gary (348-pgs)
Skippy Dies – Murray (672-pgs)
My Name is Red – Pamuk (432-pgs)
Ready Player One – Cline (400-pgs)
The Hired Man – Forna (304-pgs)
The Sound of the Mountain – Kawabata (288-pgs)
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands – Rosa (494-pgs)
Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World – Antrim (192-pgs)
Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age – Hrabal (160-pgs)
The 39 Steps – Buchan (134-pgs)
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Seuss (56-pgs)

Looking forward to a prosperous second half of 2014.


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