The OF Blog: The chronology of my life via certain novels released, the first decade (1974-1984)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The chronology of my life via certain novels released, the first decade (1974-1984)

In a little less than a month, I'll be 36 years old, or 127 in internet years.  I thought about my life and the events that have transpired during the course of that span while reading the introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of Franz Kafka's The Castle.  There, events of Kafka's life were compared to political, military, and literary highlights of each year of his life.  I thought it'd be interesting to do so with a list of certain stories released over the course of my life that I have either read and thought were among the best, or lauded works which I hope to read sometime in the near future.

1974 -  Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
             Richard Adams, Shardik (want to read)
             Ursula K. Leguin, The Dispossessed

1975 - Saul Bellow, Humbolt's Gift (want to read)
            Jorge Luis Borges, El libro de arena (The Book of Sand)
            Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
            Gabriel García Márquez, Otoño del patriarca (Autumn of the Patriarch)

1976 - Judy Blume, Blubber; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
           Alex Haley, Roots:  The Saga of an American Family
           Frank Herbert, Children of Dune
           Manuel Puig, El beso de la mujer araña (The Kiss of the Spider Woman)
           Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality 1

1977 - Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
           J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
           Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

 1978 - Don DeLillo, Running Dogs (want to read)
            Stephen King, The Stand (will read sometime)
            Graham Greene, The Human Factor (want to read)

1979 - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
           Octavia Butler, Kindred
           Thomas Flanagan, The Year of the French
           Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
           Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
           Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song
           V.S. Naipaul, The Bend in the River
           Mary Stewart, The Last Enchantment

1980 - Thomas M. Disch, The Brave Little Toaster
           Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
           Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
           Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

1981 - Peter Carey, Bliss (want to read)
           Alasdair Gray, Lanark
           Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
           Naguib Mahfouz, Arabian Days and Nights (want to read)
           Gabriel García Márquez, Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
           Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator; The Sword of the Lictor

1982 - Isabel Allende, La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits)
           George R.R. Martin, Fevre Dream
           Thomas Keneally, Schindler's Ark (might want to read in full in the future)
           Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch

1983 - Thomas Bernhard, The Loser
            Jorge Luis Borges, La memoria de Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Memory)
            Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale
            Salman Rushdie, Shame

1984 - J.G. Ballard, Empire of the Sun (want to read)
           Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory (want to read)
           Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
           William Gibson, Neuromancer (will eventually finish it)
           Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune
           Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I'll post separate lists for my 11-20, 21-30, and 31-present sometime on Sunday and maybe Monday.  If there are any notable books from these years that I have overlooked, feel free to list them, as I or another may discover something new and interesting to read.

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