What Ten Books Must All Men Read BeforeThey Die ?


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Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:17am PT
The electric koolaid acid test
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:52am PT
What ten books to read
Ere I bow? Were I a fly
I would leave right now.

You brought up The BIG DAMN BOOK of Manliness. the bigger they are, the more satisfying they are and the longer you can keep the world at bay.

You’ll want to get your money’s worth, so based on the number of words alone,

All the Gary Jennings.
All the Colleen McCullough series on Rome
All of Ayn Rand
All of John Steinbeck
All of the Old and New Testament
The Lonesome Dove series
The Stand, either version, it won't matter in the end
In Search of Lost Time by Proust (there’s another title, but I can’t think of it--it will come)
Gone With the Wind but not the insipid sequel by some money-grubbing sycophant
1,001 Arabian Nights
Alternate selection is Bancroft's History of California.
If you want a substitute for All of John Steinbeck, there is none; and it is the same for the Bible.

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:41am PT
This just goes to show it's hard to restrict the must read list to ten.

All of Ayn Rand?
All of John Steinbeck?

Interesting juxtaposition there!

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:48am PT
If you only read 10 you might as well be dead.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 11:12am PT
when I was a kid my goal during the summer break was to read 10 books, roughly 1 a week... and I did that from at least the 3rd grade through high school...

it was a good habit I somehow dropped when I "got busy" with college and graduate school...
...I should probably try to reinvigorate that habit in the sunset years here now...

got Fitschen's book on the "in box" on my desk, what am I waiting for?

a good list in this thread can be created

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
If you go home with someone, and they don't have books, don't f*#k them...


Gym climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
The Encyclopedia Britannica, all 26 volumes.
Now that is manly.

Charles, does a bookshelf full of comic books count?

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
I just finished reading Fire On The Mountain and The Brave Cowboy by Edward Abbey.
Both were great reads.

Death Valley in 49 by Manly is a great true story of epic survival.

Life Amongst The Modocs by Juoaquin Miller is a great book on early California life.

Death Valley Men and Death Valley are both fun reads by Bourke Lee

The Story of Inyo by Challfant is worth the read too.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 13, 2012 - 01:05pm PT
A Steinbeck novel would be in my top ten list.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 13, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
^^^ I read that book when I was 12 or 13. I must say I remember quite distinctly what a 'zipless f*#k' is.... so I guess it must have been rather transformational for me too, and perhaps at too young an age. Look what it did to me!!!


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
An inquiry into values:

An inquiry into lack of values:

That's two, pick eight more from the lists here.

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
Credit: sac

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:43pm PT
All of Ayn Rand

Surely fifty pages is sufficient.

Ice climber
the ghost
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:01pm PT

Lots of posters here would benefit from reading this.

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:14pm PT
Seriously, Ayn Rand? ugh.

Love Roger Breedlove's list (and the reasons for reading them -- have read The Iliad numerous times, it's just that good)

Will second DFW's "Infinite Jest." Utterly brilliant. At once hysterical, maddening, profound and deeply disturbing. Best writer of our generation. Don't read the websites devoted to the book (there are many) until AFTER you've read it.

Didn't see these mentioned, but they are some of my personal favorites (along with others already mentioned):

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (easily the finest closing page in all of American literature)
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
Moby Dick - Herman Melville

and, a guilty pleasure (just a great, entertaining read), Shogun -- James Clavell
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:34pm PT
Okay, Dostoevsky has replaced Tolstoy to cover the period from Shakespeare to the post- existentialist (the way I would think of it). Sounds so reasonable, doesn't it?

I think that picking a single work to cover the dawning of individualism and the collapse of the certainty of moral underpinnings is a bit crazy, but the limit of 10 books forces the issue everywhere. This would be fun to do in bar. "I'll trade you "The Odyssey" and "The Divine Comedy: Paradise" for a spot for Dostoevsky and Tolstoy with Gogol's "The Overcoat" thrown in. This was countered by "You can keep either Dostoevsky or Tolstoy, but not both, to make room for Dickens."...
Definitely willing to trade Paradiso (yawn) for Dostoyevsky, though if any of his works are represented it would have to be The Brothers Karamozov. A titantic work. I think you could trade The Odyssey as well. Homer is terrific but The Iliad in his better work. Anna Karenina is a good choice, though I haven't read The Overcoat. Once we start opening the door to more than one 19th or 20th century author, then we really need to consider Moby Dick which, despite its standing, I still believe is underrated as a piece of fiction.

Dickens is terrific but can definitely be excluded from such an exclusive canon.

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
May 11, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
The Happy Hooker - Xavier Hollander.

It transformed my life ( at age of 14)

I hear that; "transformed" my life at the age of 11..
paul roehl

Boulder climber
May 11, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
The Republic
Ovid's Meta.
Divine Comedy
Shakespeare's Complete Works
Moby Dick
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Magic Mountain
Blood Meridian

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 11, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
The white Spider. my first climbing book
50 Classic Climbs
at least one Louie LAmour book
The Cat From Hue
Citizen Soldiers, Stephan Ambrose
Band of Brothers
A Stillnes At Apponmatox by Bruce Caton
How to bag the biggest buck of your life by Larry Benoit (Vermonter)
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy
For Those I loved
An American in the Gulag
Trancendant summits, Gerry Roach
any decent climbing guide you can get your hands on.
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
Tracker by Tom Brown Jr
Wattership Down
Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy

Anything by Carl Haisen sp?

that should get you started. i have a book to read now....
Dr Lefttoe

Social climber
Zamora, CA
May 11, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Beowolf - some dead guy (Seamus OHeaney translation)
Odyssey - Homer
Moby Dick - Melville
Hamlet - Shake a spear
Portrait of the Artist - Joyce
Sound and the Fury - Faulkner
The Stranger - Camus
Steppenwolf - Hesse
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
The Recognitions - William Gaddis

Mismeasure of Man - Gould
Fabric of Reality - David Deutsch
Secret Knowledge of Water -Craig Child
Brief Acconut of the Devestation of the Indies - de las Casas
Wonderful Life - S.J. Gould
Cadillac Desert - Reisner
Double Helix - Watson
La Relacion - Cabeza de Vaca
Desert Solitaire - Abbey
Founding Fish - McPhee
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