Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Intellectual Formation

Too often we fail to keep our minds sharp. One way to do this is by reading something that is not required and has been seen by others as a good piece of literature. Therefore I am including Br. Randall's (Br. Randall was the librarian at the North American College for many years) list of books one should read in their lifetime. Of course we can dispute which books belong but this is at least a start. Pick one and take this time during Lent to read 15 minutes a day. You will be surprised how much you can get read when you just do it.

Austen, J. Pride and Prdjudice
Sense and Sensibility
Bennett, A. Old Wives' Tale
Clayhanger Trilogy
Bernanos, G. Diary of a Country Priest
Blackmore, R. Lorna Doone
Bronte, C. Jayne Eyre
Buck, P. Good Earth
Cather, W. Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chesterton, G.K. Father Brown Series
Collins, W. Moonstone
Woman in White
Conrad, J. Lord Jim
Cooper, J.F. Last of the Mohicans
Crane, S. Red Badge of Courage
Cronin, A.J. Green Years
Keys of the Kingdom
Defoe, D. Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, C. David Copperfield
Pickwick Papers
Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist
Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
Brothers Karamazov
Doyle, C. Sherlock Holmes
Fitzgerald, F.S. Great Gatsby
Flaubert, G. Madame Bovary
Galsworthy, J. Forsyte Saga
Greene, G. Labyrinthe Ways (Power and the Glory)
Heart of the Matter
End of the Affair
Hawthorne, N. Scarlet Letter
Marble Faun
House of Seven Gables
Hemingway, E. Old Man and the Sea
For Whom the Bells Toll
Hilton, J. Goodbye Mr. Chips
Lost Horizons
Howells, W.D. Rise of Silas Lapham
Eliot, G. Silas Marner
Mills on the Floss
Hugo, V. Les Miserables
James, H. Daisy Miller
The Ambassadors
Portrait of a Lady
Joyce, J. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kipling, R. Kim
Lampedusa The Leopard
Lewis, S. Main Street
London, J. White Fang
Call of the Wild
Mann, T. Buddenbrooks
Manzoni, A. The Betrothed
Marquand, J.P. Late George Apley
Mauriac, F. Vipers' Tangle
Melville, H. Moby Dick
Mitchell, M. Gone With the Wind
O'Connor, E. Last Hurrah
Edge of Sadness
O'Henry (Porter) short stories
Pasternak, B. Dr. Zhivago
Paton, A. Too Late the Phalarop
Cry the Beloved Country
Potak, C. The Chosen
My Name is Asher Lev
Rawlings, M.K. The Yearling
Remarque, E.M. All Quiet on the Western Front
Roberts, K. North West Passage
Reade, C. Cloister and the Hearth
Scott, W. Hearts of Midlothian
Solzhentsyn, A. Cancer Ward
Day in the Life of I. Demoshevit
Inner Circle
Steinbeck, J. Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, R.L. Treaure Island
Master of Ballantrae
Swift, J. Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, W.M. Vanity Fair
Tolstoy, L. War and Peace
Anna Karenina
Trollope, A. The Warden
Barchester Towers
Undset, S. Kristin Lavransdatter
Waugh, E. The Loved One
Brideshead Revisited
Sword of Honor
Wharton, E. Age of Innocence
Ethan Frome
Wodehouse, P.G. Jeeves or -----
Wolfe, T. Look Homeward Angel
You Can't Go Home Again
the Fairy Tales of both:
The Brothers Grimm, and H.C. Andersen

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