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The Western Lands is actually the third book in the Cities of the Red Night trilogy. This is where William S. Burrough's culminated his work, but this is the zenith of his oeuvre and, in fact, the greatest book ever written by a human being; the absolute pinnacle of literature and a crowning achievement of civilization.
After ingesting and digesting most of the great books of Western civilization over the course of my life, I gained a clear panoramic view of this terrain. So, I want to leave to you the top ten books of all time, carefully found out from among the stacks and scores of lesser books. These top ten books are classics: richer, denser, more fulfilling than lesser books.
The Cities of the Red Night trilogy consists of:
In his collection of essays on classical literature, Italo Calvino produces these 14 definitions of a “classic”:
from...Brain Pickings: https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/07/06/italo-calvinos-14-definitions-of-a-classic/
The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading…', never 'I'm reading….'
The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they remain just as rich an experience for those who reserve the chance to read them for when they are in the best condition to enjoy them.
The classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual's or the collective unconscious.
A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading.
A classic is a book which even when we read it for the first time gives the sense of rereading something we have read before.
A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.
The classics are those books which come to us bearing the aura of previous interpretations, and trailing behind them the traces they have left in the culture or cultures (or just in the languages and customs) through which they have passed.
A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off.
Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them.
A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans.
'Your' classic is a book to which you cannot remain indifferent, and which helps you define yourself in relation or even in opposition to it.
A classic is a work that comes before other classics; but those who have read other classics first immediately recognize its place in the genealogy of classic works.
A classic is a work which relegates the noise of the present to a background hum, which at the same time the classics cannot exist without.
A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.
Never have I read a book which spoke to my soul like D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers. Profound and moving...
Paul Morel is probably the most stand-out character in all of these books, maybe David Copperfield is a close second. I really connected with this book, especially in the early years when Walter and Gertrude are raising up their family in their dark and modest home.
'I tell you I've written a great book," DH Lawrence informed his publisher Edward Garnett, after sending him the manuscript of Sons and Lovers in November 1912. "Read my novel&mdahs;it's a great novel." Lawrence's immodesty is forgivable: the book had been through four drafts, and after two years of struggle he was hugely relieved to have it finished. The sense of elation didn't last long. He worried about the title (he had originally called the book "Paul Morel"). He worried whether it might benefit from a foreword (and belatedly posted one to Garnett). He worried about the dust jacket, and arranged for a friend, Ernest Collings, to design one (like the foreword, it wasn't used). Beneath these worries lay a deeper worry, about the text itself: "I am a great admirer of my own stuff while it's new, but after a while I'm not so gone on it," he admitted. He was already on to the next thing (a draft of what would become The Rainbow), and had "scarcely the patience" to correct the proofs. But he was proud when a finished copy reached him in Italy. And the word he used to Garnett recurred, in letters to friends. "It is quite a great novel"; "I remember you telling me, at the beginning, it would be great. I think it is so." from...The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/may/25/sons-lovers-dh-lawrence-blake-morrison
These books are the greatest of human achievements and Dune by Frank Herbert out-classes all of its imitators. Dune, the masterpiece, is the first in a series of six books. You must read them all to truly marvel at the craftsmanship and skill of this author.
Dune is one of those rare novels that has met with unanimous praise, both in science-fiction and literary circles. Since the time of its first publication, it has become a best-selling classic, hailed as a landmark in the field and as an amazing feat of creation.
The six books in this series are:
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....
When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Dune's Paul Atreides will make your Harry Potter
Tom K say: There is the Real and then, again, there is the really Real. And until you have been to the brink and back again, you don't really know nothing.
Finally, after you have read Dune you will understand why I am so disparaging of Harry Potter. Dune makes Harry Potter look like a Bazooka Joe comic. Dune's Paul Atreides will make your Harry Potter shit his pants!
As with L. Frank Baum's Oz books or the Little House on the Prairie books, the franchise kept on rollin' after the originator was gone. It's hard to stop a train. Always, the inheritor cannot produce work of as fine quality as his predecessor, but the show must go on for the sake of the fans and the publishing industry behind the juggernaut. After Frank Herbert left off with writing Dune his son stepped up to carry the series forward. Unfortunately, the son wasn't the great craftsman of prose that his father was. The stories Junior pushed out are pretty good science fiction, but the text itself lacks the heavy, dense style of writing of the former books— and worse yet, there were no new ideas.
This list is the complete Dune series to date:
|Dune||By comparison, (and these are really good books or I wouldn't have wasted my time enumerating them): ||The OZ books are great literature also. L. Frank Baum wrote the first bunch of books, and his descendents took over the last bunch of books:
Violent, raunchy, transgressive...this unfinished masterpiece truly stands at the bleeding edge of avant-garde literature. A finely wrought novel, a credit to the author, and perhaps the pinnnacle of African-American literature. Plan B is one of the greatest novels ever written in human history.
This was the culmination of the author's Harlem Cycle which consisted of:
Here are some specific books that I think you should read. These are cutting edge science fiction at the bleeding edge of literary avant garde. What does that mean? These are stories, ideas, and messages that have never been heard before. In a world where people say everything that can be done has been done, and they say contemporary authors just rehash old works, these are in fact a breath of fresh air....words and stories that have never been heard before. They may owe something to their predecessors, but these are genuine new works.. fresh from the foundation of the Mother Earth.:
Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer's seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski's own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.
Herman Hesse won the Nobel Prize for his masterpiece novel, The Glass Bead Game also published under the title Magister Ludi. However, Steppenwulf was his most transgressive, experimental novel, and one of the greatest books to have ever been written by a human hand.
Herman Hesse wrote several books which were a credit to human literary achievement, among these:
Maugham was a prolific author, but the one book that propelled him to stand among the really great authors of all time, was The Razor's Edge.
If you liked this book, some other good books concerned with self-actualization are:
It was very difficult to pick just one of Charles Dickens' novels for this list. I finally chose David Copperfield because it tells the story of one of the greatest characters in one of the greatest narratives in English literature. Paul Morel remains my favorite character in all of literature, but David Copperfield comes in a close second.
The other high points of Charles Dickens lustory career include:
A Tale of Two Cities was Charles Dickens' historical novel. Although they seem historical to us 120+ years on, it is important to realize that his other novels were contemporary literature written for a contemporary audience.
I was unable to narrow it down because these are all great books and should be recognized as pillars of Western literature. At the same time, I didn't want to clog up my top 10 list with a bunch of foreign books, so I have grouped these stellar entries together for this edition, which I title "Some French Books." They are all great and stand alone and should be read first in translation and then read again in their original French.
Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, and Henry David Thoreau are all titanic authors of the 19th century, but Herman Melville stands head and shoulders above them all on the lofty perch of world class literature. When we read his magnificent tomes, we really have a window on the world of the 1800s (although, Laura Ingalls Wilder, for a 'land-lubber', is good in that regard too).
Moby Dick is truly a masterpiece of writing, but several other books are standout master works of the author's creation too, including:
The 'Illustrated Classics Edition' which my parents bought for 59¢ at Woolworth, was my first exposure to this great body of literature.
In case you haven't noticed, we have gone over ten books! It's okay though, there are just too many really awesome books out there.
The Asian Series of James Clavell consisted of:
We are going to talk about some books that I read as I was coming up, in my years, and these are really monumental, life-guiding books, they really "rocked my world" so to speak. These are the books that got me where I am at now. Here they are enumurated:
These books are every bit as great as the world-class literature I've talked about above, but they are less well known. Here they are enumurated:
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