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

Odyssey
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

 Antigone   

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
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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 
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Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude  
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Eudora Welty

Collected Stories
Delta Wedding
 
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Walker Percy

The Moviegoer  
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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)

             

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Robert Graves

The Greek Myths