What Ten Books Must All Men Read BeforeThey Die ?


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Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
May 11, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
without reading any of the posts I'm selecting the Book of Love

I wonder who wrote it?

Trad climber
May 11, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Best greatest incredible (every superlative there is) survival / manly book written:

"UNBROKEN" - Laura Hillenbrand

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
May 11, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
Hey, zBrown..

Tell me, tell me, tell me!!!
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
May 11, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
the last 10 months of Hustler magazine. VERY informative.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 12, 2013 - 07:40am PT
Abbys Road
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 17, 2014 - 12:32am PT
time to bump this

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 17, 2014 - 12:40am PT
Ed, you're too cerebral for this place.

I suggest No Exit as a book "all" "men" "must" read before "they" "die".

check u l8tr
Captain...or Skully

May 17, 2014 - 12:45am PT
All men Should read 10 books before they die. Agreed.

Social climber
May 17, 2014 - 07:35pm PT
a few more

Wind, Sand and Stars
The Big Dr Suess books--I'm serious- Eternal themes and the best art work
Devil Take the Hindmost
How to keep your Volkswagen Alive for the complete idiot

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 17, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
Wind, Sand and Stars

Love that book. But the translation is really f*cked up.

Not sure how the female half of the readership would feel about it though.

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
May 17, 2014 - 09:08pm PT
how is the translation whack? (full disclosure: my French is very poor. I am, however, fluent in American.)

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 17, 2014 - 09:12pm PT
Unfortunately my copies of translation and original are 10,000 miles away.

What I remember most is a complete rearranging of the order of the narrative toward the end.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
May 17, 2014 - 09:28pm PT
Green Eggs and Ham
Tao of Pooh
Art of War
To Kill a Mockingbird
Emerson's Essays

I'll think of others later.

Sep 8, 2014 - 04:38am PT


infinite jest / david f wallace
underworld / don delillo
everything is illuminated / jonathan s foer
l'etranger / a camus
the great gatsby / s fitzgerald
catcher in the rye / j salinger
siddharta / h hesse
faust /j w goethe
der prozess / f kafka
classical electrodynamics / john d jackson

but then there are a lot of books i have not read yet-
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 8, 2014 - 05:32am PT
Angle of Repose
The Brothers K
Soldier of the Great War
The Poison Wood Bible
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To Kill a Mocking Bird
The Adventures of Huck Finn
Cutting for Stone
Fear and Loathing in Las Vagas
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Sep 8, 2014 - 07:33am PT

Sport climber
Sep 8, 2014 - 08:13am PT

 1984, Orwell
 «Also Sprach Zarathustra» and «The Gay Science», Nietzsche
 «Blood Meridian» and «The Border Trilogy», Cormac McCarthy. Start with the trilogy.
 Brave New World, Huxley
 «A Confession» and «What I Believe», Tolstoy
 The Divine Comedy, Dante
 Faust, Goethe
 Heart of Darkness, Conrad
 Invisible Cities, Calvino
 «King Lear» and «Macbeth», Shakespeare
 The Leopard, di Lampedusa
 The Odyssey, Homer
 Organizational Learning II: Theory, Method and Practice. Argyris and Schön.
 Papillon, Charriere
 The Prince, Machiavelli
 "Waiting for Godot" and "Endgame", Beckett

Many of the books have been mentioned before, but one of the exceptions is The Leopard. Here's a highbrow taste:
”Among his friends Don Fabrizio was considered an “eccentric”; his interest in mathematics was taken almost as a sinful perversion, and had he not been actually Prince of Salina and known as an excellent horseman, indefatigable shot and tireless womaniser, his parallaxes and telescopes might have exposed him to the risk of outlawry. Even so they did not say much to him, for his cold blue eyes, glimpsed under the heavy lids, put would-be talkers off, and he often found himself isolated, not, as he thought, from respect, but from fear.”
Credit: Marlow
”She was tall and well made, on an ample scale; her skin looked as if it had the flavour of fresh cream which it resembled, her childlike mouth that of strawberries. Under a mass of raven hair, curling in gentle waves, her green eyes gleamed motionless as those of statues, and like them a little cruel. She was moving slowly, making her wide white skirt rotate around her, and emanating from her whole person the invincible calm of a woman sure of her own beauty.”

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Sep 8, 2014 - 08:22am PT
Who knew we are all such a literary bunch! Some very good suggestions!

I'll add:
Hemmingway, in particular the Nick Adams series.

Most anything by Gunter Grass, most notably 'Flounder'.

Couples by Updike, or again most anything by Updike.

Lord Jim by Conrad.

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller.

etc etc...
John Ely

Trad climber
Sep 8, 2014 - 09:06am PT
Remarks on an interesting thread:

'Three Cups of Tea' was required by all the Afghanistan posted military until it was exposed - especially by Kracauer - as a fraud. Actually serves as a kind of metaphor for the entire post 9-11 'democratization' of the place.

Dostoyevsky, have fond memories of him in a belay seat on hot summer days.

Melville, 'Billy Budd', and especially the long short story 'Benito Cereno'

Herodotus, yes!! My favorite remark of his: 'Never insult another person's religion.' See also 'Travels with Herodotus' by Kapuchinski and 'The English Patient'. But the one unforgettable adventure book that has fallen now into the doldrums but was read in the 19th century by every public school boy in the British Empire: Xenophon's Anabasis or 'March Up Country.' Strongly recommended.

Hermann Buhl's memoirs have not been mentioned. Huh?

Given how many climbs have been named after Tolkien, it's interesting how few people mention him. Gone out of fashion since Peter Jackson hijacked his story....

Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' could be added to a very male-centric thread.

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno: Dialectic of Enlightenment.

A very very good but very very long history of Himalayan Mountaineering: 'Fallen Giants'

I used to teach a 'great books' course. The list is pretty close to breedlove above in terms of the greatest of all time:

Old Testament,
Homer, Sappho, Sophocles (but I prefer the democrat Aeschylus - Oresteia),
Plato's Rep., Aristotle selections (esp ethics and pol 1-4),
Analects, Tao de Ching
New Testament, Augustine Confessions,
Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli Prince and selections from Discourses, Luther's reformation pamphlets,
King Lear,
Hobbes' Leviathan, Locke's 'Second Treatise',
Rousseau, 'social contract' and 'discourse on origins of inequality', Keats poems,
Marx, Communist Manifesto and German Ideology 'on Feuerbach',
Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals,
Frederick Douglas, Narrative of the Life of an American Slave
Madame Bovary,
Weber Politics and Science as Vocations,
TS Eliot Wasteland,
Benjamin, 'Theses on the Philosophy of History' in Illuminations
Woolf Room of One's Own,
Morrison Beloved.

This is close to a list of '10' best....albeit heavy on philosophy. But none are to be missed....


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 8, 2014 - 09:08am PT
This is going to take some serious thought... If only 10 books, then the obvious question is: to what end?

Education of a malleable mind?
Enlightenment for journeymen battered a bit by life?
Satisfaction and acceptance during the sunset years, reflecting on a life's accumulation of insights and experiences?
Or should it be spaced out to cover what a person needs throughout life?

In this way, we need not be constrained to limit the volumes from any chronological period in history, but rather keep pace with what would give the most value to the reader at different points in their lifetime.

One interpretation of "EVERY [wo]man should read these" is that there is some societal imperative, in which case we might rephrase the question as: which 10 books should every person read for the improvement of the collective well-being of humanity?

I'm going to noodle on it some more.
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