A long while ago, perhaps just before I embarked on my degree in English, I had made a list of books that I just had to own. Kind of my top ten, but more than that. I dreamt of not just owning, but owning beautiful-looking copies of these books. Collectibles. Looking back, I realise that these are still some of my very favourite books. So much for emotional growth! Here they are:
Howard's End - EM Forster
A Room With A View - EM Forster
Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow - Daniel Hoeg
The Diary Of A Young Girl - Anne Frank
The Great Longing - Marcel Moring
Pride And Prejudice - Jane Austen
Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy
To Kill A Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
An Old Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
I don't think that I could go back to Jude The Obscure, though inspite of the heavy tragedy, it was the most readable of the Hardies in my view. And Old Fashioned Girl, my cousin tells me, is unforgivably mawkish, but to me it brings back memories of winter in Assam and chapathis dipped in melted butter. And I do have a copy of Anne Frank's Diary, but unfortunately I bought it just before the unexpurgated version was released.
I've been casting about for my next read (have already read The Deathly Hallows twice, back-to-back, and saw the movie of the fifth book last Sunday; even for me, it was a little too much Harry Potter). Let's see if I can trace the EM Forster I have yet to read: Maurice.
The Restless Quill has a new home.
1 year ago