Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lazy Summer Reading

While Proust seems to me the perfect winter reading (all holed up by the fireplace with your favorite slippers and Old English Sheepdog), the books I want to read during those lazy, dazy summer days are something quite different.  Here are some old favorites, perfect for the riverbank or other deep shade:

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (favorite quotes here)
Marguerite Duras, Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia
Marguerite Duras, The Sailor from Gibraltar
Herman Raucher, Summer of ‘42
John Cheever, Oh, What a Paradise It Seems
John Fowles, The Magus
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Rumer Godden, Battle of the Villa Fiorita
Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
Lawrence Clark Powell, The Blue Train
Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond
J.L. Carr, A Month in the Country
Basho, Narrow Road to the Deep North
David Payne, Early from the Dance
Elizabeth Buchan, Consider the Lily
Arthur Phillips, The Egyptologist
Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia
Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael
Josephine Tey, The Singing Sands
Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog
Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot
(I could go on!)

image:  Claude Monet, Bathing at La Grenouille 1869

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