My list

A good friend of mine who is also a blogger (though his postings enjoy greater intervals between them than mine do) enjoys compiling lists and determining rankings. His latest is a ranked roster of the books “most important” to him. Since we have read many of the same books, having completed the same secondary curriculum, I thought it would be sheyyeq (interesting) to do the same, using some of the books from his list and other books have read. Mine, however, will not be ranked. Here it is:

  1. The Prince; Niccolo Machiavelli
  2. Twilight of the Idols: or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer; Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. The Prophet; Khalil Gibran
  4. The Great Gatsby; F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Odyssey; Homer (Fitzgerald translation)
  6. The Aeneid; Vergil
  7. The Stranger; Albert Camus
  8. The Three Sisters; Anton Chekhov
  9. The Cherry Orchard; Anton Chekhov
  10. Uncle Vanya; Anton Chekhov
  11. The Bacchae; Euripides
  12. A Farewell to Arms; Ernest Hemingway
  13. No Exit; Jean-Paul Sartre
  14. The Merchant of Venice; William Shakespeare
  15. The Tower; W. B. Yeats
  16. Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova; Anna Akhmatova (Penguin)
  17. Meditations; Marcus Aurelius
  18. The Book of the Courtier; Baldassare Castiglione
  19. The Catiline Conspiracy and The Jugurthine War; Sallust
  20. The Histories; Polybius
  21. History of the Peloponnesian War; Thucydides
  22. The Muqaddimah; Ibn Khaldun
  23. Selected Poetry of Lord Byron; Lord Byron (The Modern Library Classics)
  24. History of the Arabs; Philip K. Hitti
  25. Naked in Exile; Khalil Hawi
  26. From the Vineyards of the Lebanon; Khalil Hawi
  27. The Poems of al-Mutanabbi; Mutanabbi (A. J. Arberry translation)
  28. In Free State; V. S. Naipaul
  29. Season of Migration to the North; Tayeb Salih
  30. Things Fall Apart; Chinua Achebe
  31. War and Peace; Leo Tolstoy
  32. Nedjma; Kateb Yacine
  33. Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century; Adeed Dawisha
  34. The Chatham House Version and Other Middle Eastern Studies; Elie Kedourie
  35. Paradise Lost; John Milton
  36. The Awakening; Kate Chopin
  37. Storm of Steel; Ernst Jünger
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4 thoughts on “My list

  1. Hey Nori,

    I think I’ve read 10-12 books on your friends list of 53; yours i’m not sure.

    I’m surprised you’ve read something by V.S. Naipaul.

    #13 # No Exit; Jean-Paul Sartre is a good choice. I own 3 of his books that i have yet to read, sad.

    The Roads to Freedom Trilogy:
    The Age of Reason
    The Reprieve
    Troubled Sleep

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