Book List

Boydell, Lear

We often encounter such a list under the title of "Best Books of the Year" or Harold Bloom's "The Western Canon," so I decided to assemble a list, not to recommend to others but to check my own sense of what I deem important.  Some works impressed me when I was young and others as I grew older, but this list is the crème de la crème, the ones I hold most dear. Then the best adaption(s), if there is one.

Importance Author Title Adaption
*** Unknown The Book of Job  The Coen Brothers film A Serious Man   

*** Homer Iliad

The Robert Fagles and the Stanley Lombardo translations are both great.

Both the Fitzgerald and the Fagles are excellent - also the TV miniseries with Armand Assante 
*** Sophocles

 Oedipus the King

Oedipus at Colonus


Jean Anouilh's play Antigone based on the original  
Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy Robin Kirkpatrick translation is standard.
** Sir Thomas Malory   Le Mort D'Arthur 


Excalibur -1981 film by John Boorman  


** William Shakespeare  King Lear 


Ran  -Kurosawa's epic film based on legends of Mōri Motonari as well as King Lear.


* Lewis Carrol Alice in Wonderland

  Alice in Wonderland - the 1951 version by Walt Disney


* Junichiro Tanizaki The Makioka Sisters 1983 film directed by Kon Ichikawa


Albert Camus


The Stranger 1967 film directed by Luchino Visconti
* Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria  Quartet

 Justine directed by George Cukor                 

** William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
Light in August
Absalom, Absalom!
The Sound and the Fury

There are several films of Faulkner's works, but the only one I found worth watching is The Reivers


** Nikos Kazantzakis The Last Temptation of Christ
The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel
Zorba the Greek
Zorba the Greek film directed by Michael Cacoyannis and starring Anthony Quinn 

Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude  

Eudora Welty

Collected Stories
Delta Wedding

Walker Percy

The Moviegoer  

Flannery O'Connor

Wise Blood   A 1979  John Huston film by the same title
* Roberto Calasso  The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony 



** Kenneth Clark Civilisation 

(Book & TV series)



Robert Graves

The Greek Myths