Been a while since I’ve come across a list of books, curated in a way I could get behind. This is great; I think I’ve read slightly more than half of these books but will make a point of reading all the ones I have not.
Books I would add to the list:
Pat Conroy — The Great Santini, for exposure to American South and some of its less known complexities. It’s changed my view of the South and was my first real foray into the world of ‘complicated’ relationships.
Peter F. Hamilton — The Night’s Dawn Trilogy, for sci-fi that takes on some of the most daunting problems in philosophy but dresses them in ways that are more palpable for the average reader than the works of Asimov or Lem.
Witold Gombrowicz — Diary, for insights into the mind of one of the most original writers of the past century. It’s one of the best representations of raw imagination and creativity of a highly educated, brilliant, and unbelievably restless mind. And it convinced me that I’m not crazy.