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A meme and other small things

As widely meme'd: the fifteen books which influenced me most, that I can quickly think of off the top of my head:

1. The Book of the Dun Cow, Walter Wangerin Jr. (not the ancient Irish manuscript)
2. The Towers of February, Tonke Dragt
3. The Book of the New Sun (series), Gene Wolfe
4. St. Teresa of Avila's autobiography
5. Ascent of Mt. Carmel, St. John of the Cross
6. The Lord of the Rings (series), J.R.R. Tokien
7. Dune, Frank Herbert
8. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline, L'Engle
9. Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracy
10. Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
11. Larousse Gastronomique
12. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
13. The Republic, Plato
14. The Illiad, Homer
15. Q is for Quantum, John Gribbin (for strange reasons)

Also today I outran a (very slow) thunderstorm, and am busy knitting my First Sock, as instructed by the fabulous jmeadows.



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Jun. 16th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see who lists what, as we don't all remember the same books, even if we all read them.

I did read #1, but darned if I can remember what it's about...
Jun. 18th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Hee. There are talking animals, a narrowly-averted apocalypse, daring self-sacrifice, and, I suspect, lots of religious imagery which I completely failed to get.

That sounds much dorkier than it was.
Jun. 18th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Top book on your list is by one of my husband's college professors with whom he is still corresponding!
Jun. 18th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)

*sniff* I loved that book... (obviously)
Jun. 18th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
I'll have to tell my husband that. He'll get a kick out of it!
Jun. 20th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
on seeing the Illiad..
dammit, I can't believe I forgot to include The Odyssey when I did this list -- it's like my all-time favourite story!

Did you like the whole Divine Comedy? I loved Inferno, but Purgatory and Paradisio felt under-inspired.
Jun. 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: on seeing the Illiad..
It's funny what we forget!

I did read the whole thing, in a few different translations, (and then toyed with studying Italian in addition to my Latin-in-progress in order to read the original...)

I've read critics that said Purgatorio is best, but I actually liked Paradiso most. I'm just weird, I think. Inferno is certainly the most dramatic!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: on seeing the Illiad..
and I do love me a good drama, so that makes sense.

liked Paradiso most. I'm just weird, I think

hmm, yes, I shall have to concur.
Jul. 24th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I always enjoy these type lists. Great picks. :-)
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