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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.
Walleye

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

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
FICTION:
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

NON-FICTION
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
zBrown

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?
ng

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

"UNBROKEN" - Laura Hillenbrand
Walleye

climber
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.
tradmanclimbs

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
ms55401

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

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

Social climber
Minnesota
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
Randisi

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.
ms55401

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.)
Randisi

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.
nopantsben

climber
Sep 8, 2014 - 04:38am PT

hm.

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
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