Saturday, October 4, 2008

Read The Nobels Challenge

The Nobel Reading Challenge

"The goal is to read 5 books by Nobel literature laureates each year and post your thoughts or reviews."

A complete list of the Nobel Laureates in Literature.

Completed this year:

2003 Diary of a Bad Year**** by J. M. Coetzee
2001 A Bend in the River****+ by V. S. Naipaul

Previously read:

2009 The Appointment by Herta Muller
2008 The Interrogation by J. M. G. Le Clezio
2008 The Prospector by J. M. G. Le Clezio
2007 Prisons We Choose to Live Inside by Doris Lessing
2007 The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
2007 The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing  
2007 Ben, In the World by Doris Lessing
2006 Snow by Orhan Pamuk

1998 Blindness by Jose Sarmago
1998 The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago
1999 My Century by Gunther Grass
1994 Teach Us How to Outgrow Our Madness by Kenzaburo Oe
1994 A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
1993 A Mercy by Toni Morrison
1993 Beloved by Toni Morrison
1993 Song of Solomon by Toni Morison
1993 Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
1993 Sula by Toni Morrison
1993 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
1991 The Essential Gesture by
Nadine Gordimer
1991 beethoven was one-sixteenth black by Nadine Gordimer

1988 Autumn Quail by Naguib Mahfouz
1983 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1982 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1982 One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1982 The Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1978 The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1978 A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1978 The Death of Methusaleh and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1978 The Penitent by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1978 Yentl the Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer
1978 The Collected Stories by isaac Bashevis Singer
1976 Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
1976 To Jerusalem and Back by Saul Bellow
1972 Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Boll
1972 What's to Become of the Boy? by Heinrich Boll
1972 Missing Persons and Other Essays by Heinrich Boll
1970 The Gulag Archipelago Vol.1 by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
1970 The Gulag Archipelago Vol.2 by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 
1970 The Gulag Archipelago Vol.3 by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn  
1970 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
1968 Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
1965 And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov
1964 Anti-Semite and Jew by Jean Paul Sartre
1964 What Is Literature? by Jean Paul Sartre
1964 War Diaries by Jean Paul Sartre
1962 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1962 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
1962 The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
1962 Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
1957 The Stranger by Albert Camus
1957 The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (read several times)
1957 A Happy Death by Albert Camus
1954 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1954 A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
1954 To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
1950 The Principles of Mathematics by Bertrand Russell
1950 The ABCs of Relativity by Bertrand Russell
1950 Why I Am Not a Christan and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
1950 What I Believe by Bertrand Russell
1950 Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell
1949 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1949 Light in August by William Faulkner
1948 The Wasteland by T. S Eliot
1948 Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot
1948 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
1947 The Immoralist by Andre Gide
1946 Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
1946 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse 
1946 Narcissus and Goldmund by Harmann Hesse
1946 My Belief: Essays in Life and Art by Hermann Hesse
1938 The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
1938 Sons by Pearl Buck
1938 A House Divided by Pearl Buck
1938 Peony by Pearl Buck
1938 Far Pavilions by Pearl Buck
1930 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (read twice)
1930 Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis
1929 The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (read twice)
1929 Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann
1920 Hunger by Knut Hamsun
1920 The Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

What have you read by a Nobel author that you can recommend? Leave a link if you're doing the challenge too or if you've reviewed any Nobel authors. I'd love to read them.


  1. I really enjoyed Blindness. I plan on watching the movie just to see if the plot is totally butchered.
    I still haven't read Love In The Time of Cholera yet this year. It was on my list, sigh.. I will get to it eventually.

  2. I have Love in the Time of Cholera on my shelf but I've been avoiding it. :) Good luck with the challenge!! I recently read Snow Country by Kawabata who won the Nobel I think in the 30s...I'd definitely recommend it (and it's short!)



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