18 February 2010

I was going to transcribe a sermon by John Donne for the beginning of Lent, 1630. It is just too depressing, though, a hallmark of its depressing era. Instead, since Lent is partially about counting your blessings, I will list all the books on my master bookshelf. The intent is not to brag about my erudition.

Section A

King James Bible
Paradise Lost, Milton
Blood Meridian, Cormac Mccarthy
Collected Poems of A.E. Housman
The Master of Ballantrae, R.L. Stevenson

Section B

Building Jerusalem: the Rise and Fall of the Victorian City, Tristram Hunt
The Making of the English Working Class, E.P. Thompson
Bible and Sword, Barbara Tuchman

Section C

Iliad, Homer
Histories, Herodotus
Persian Expedition, Xenophon
History of the Peloponesian War, Thucydides
Annals, Tacitus
Twelve Caesars, Suetonius

Section D

Satyricon, Petronius
French Revolution, Thomas Carlyle (an ancient yellowing copy given by my dad)
Sartor Resartus, Carlyle
Gulliver's Travels, Swift
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Simon Armitage translator
All Points North, Simon Armitage
Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra**
Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon
The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates

**Chandra's other novel, Sacred Games, lies heavy on its own in a shelf below. At 916 pages, with a blood-red cover, it could pass for a codex of sorcery.

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