Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Here's a fun, if slightly anoraky game. Take all the letters of the alphabet and give the name of a novelist and one of their novels which you have read for each letter. Here's mine.

Amis, Kingsley: Lucky Jim
Buchan, John: Greenmantle
Camus, Albert: The Plague
Dostoevsky, Feodor: The Brothers Karamazov
Elroy, James: American Tabloid
Fitzgerald, F Scott: The Great Gatsby
Grossmith, George and Weedon: Diary of a Nobody
Houellebecq, Michel: Platform
I -
Joyce, James: Ulysses
Kurkov, Andrey: The Case of the General's Thumb
Lawrence, DH: Sons and Lovers
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: 100 Years of Solitude
Nabakov, Vladimir: Lolita
O'Brien, Flann: The Third Policeman
Peacock, Thomas Love: Nightmare Abbey
Q -
Rankin, Ian: Black and Blue
Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois, Marquis de: Justine
Trollope, Anthony: Phineas Phinn
U -
Voltaire, Francois-Marie: Candide
Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray
X -
Yerofeev, Venedikt: Moskva-Petushki
Zola, Emile: Nana

From this you may deduce that I have never read anything by Ishiguro or Isherwood, Updike or – well, I can't even think of any Xs (anonymous works don't count, do they?) or Qs.

It might be more fun, and more revealing to do the same with a group of writers whose works I have missed out on. Or, failing that, books. Watch this space.

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Blogger Quink said...

I've read plenty of Isherwood, but the Q rather daunts me. I suppose you could read Quiller-Couch's stuff, but I can't say it appeals.

9:17 pm  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

'Q'... er, I would say de Quincey, but then I guess Confessions of an English Opium Eater isn't a novel...


9:23 pm  
Blogger bill said...

You're both right. I'm afraid de Quincey doesn't count in this context and Q's book of English Verse, which I have read, would be a worse form of cheating.

10:59 pm  
Blogger dominic said...

Hmm. This is a list I've made - - I'm sure I SHOULD Be able to fill in some of those gaps...but nothing immediately springs to mind

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart

Bernanos, Georges: Monsieur Ouine

Chesterton, Gilbert Kenneth: The Man Who Was Thursday

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Besy (The Devils/The Possessed)

Eggers, Dave: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

Foer, Jonathan Safran: Everything Is Illuminated

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Hogg, James: The Private Memoirs & Confessions of A Justified Sinner

Ilf, Ilya and Petrov, Yevgenii: 12 stulev (The 12 Chairs)

Joyce, James: Ulysses

Kersh, Gerald: Fowler's End


Mauriac, Francois - Therese Desqueroux

Nabakov, Vladimir -Zashchita Luzhina (The Luzhin Defence)

Olesha, Yurii - Zavist (Envy)

Platonov, Andrei: Kotlovan


Rolin, Jean: Zones

Sinclair, Iain: Downriver

Tolstoy, Lev: Voskreseniye (Resurrection)


Voltaire, Francois-Marie: Candide

Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville: Psmith In The City


Yerofeyev, Venedikt: Moskva-Petushki

Zamyatin, Yevgenii: Ostrovitaniye (The Island-Dwellers)

10:53 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Amis, Martin - London Fields
Ballard, J. G. - Empire of the Sun
Conrad, Joseph - The Secret Agent
Donleavy, J. P. - Beastly Beatitudes of Balthasar B
Easton Ellis, Bret - Rules of Attraction
Forster, E. M. - Howards End
Goncharov, Ivan - Oblomov
Hardy, Thomas - Far from the Madding Crowd
Isherwood, Christopher - Prater Violet
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz - The Trial
Lampedusa, Giuseppe Tomasi di - The Leopard
Murakami, Haruki - The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Nesbit, Edith - The Railway Children
Orwell, George - 1984
Powell, Anthony - A Dance to the Music of Time (I know, I know ... it's technically 12 novels)
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Sholokhov - Quiet Flows the Don
Tartt, Donna - The Secret History
Verne, Jules - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Wolfe, Tom - Bonfire of the Vanities
Yerofeyev, Venedikt - Moskva-Petushki

10:06 am  
Anonymous Driss said...

Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
Beigbeder, Frédéric: L'Amour dure trois ans
Constant, Benjamin: Adolphe
Dickens, Charles: Hard Times
Eugenides, Jeffrey: Middlesex
Flaubert, Gustave: Education Sentimentale
Grass, Günther: Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)
Huysmans, Joris Karl: A Rebours
Jelinek, Elfriede: Die Klavierspielerin
Kafka, Franz: Das Schloss (The Castle)
Lafayette, Madame de: La Princess de Clèves
Montesquieu, Charles Louis de: Lettres Persanes
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
Orwell: Animal Farm
Powell, Anthony: Dance to the Music of Time
Queneau, Raymond: Zazie dans le Métro
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques: Les Rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire
Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de: Les 120 jours de Sodome et Gomorrhe
Toole, John Kennedy: A Confederacy of Dunces
Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five
Wolf, Christa: Was Bleibt (What Remains)
Zola, Emile: Germinal

2:57 pm  

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