I don't know who Marc and Angel are but their blog got my attention this week with their list of 30 Books Everyone Should Read Before their 30th Birthday.
They don't say why 30 books or why it matters that they be read by age 30 but here's what they do say:
"The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations. The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world."
Since the accident I can barely remember where I've lived much less what books I've read but here are the ones on their list that I am certain I finished once upon a time.
1984 by George Orwell. I keep expecting the part about the Ministry Of Truth and the Thought Police to be announced for real any day now.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book was great, the movie even better.
War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy. But I can't remember who won.
One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I don't remember why I read it. It's not usually my sort of thing. God, I hope it wasn't because Oprah suggested it.
The Origin Of The Species by Charles Darwin. Yet all I remember is that the ship was called The HMS Beagle. And that 'survival of the fittest' thing.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Read it the same month I read his other classic Blink. They are both so illuminating about how people think.
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. I was never as screwed up as that kid.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Made me want to live outside, if I recall.
The Republic by Plato. Old-school smart guy.
The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck. So sad yet so uplifting. And the movie? One of my ten favorites ever maybe.
Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Maybe the best book I remember. This one I read several times over the years.
Link to complete list here. What's the essential book you think they missed?