This week’s prompt is easy because there are countless books on my wish-list and tough because I have to narrow my list to 10 books only.For those who don’t know,Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the guys at the Broke and Bookish.Here’s my list:
1.The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
I wish to have this book in Folio edition.I’ve waited for more than a year for a discount,and I wonder if I was right to do so,as its price has lately gone up.Nonetheless it is one of the most coveted books on my wish-list,and I hope to have it next year at least.Another reason why I so want it is that I have a shelf (soon,that won’t be enough) exclusively reserved for the Folio editions of Booker nominees and winners.So next to Possession,Oscar&Lucinda,Midnight’s Children and The Remains of the Day,among many others,I have a vacant place for Atwood’s novel!
2.Room – Emma Donoghue
I added it in my cart the last time I did some shopping on bookdepository,but replaced it with Achebe’s Things Fall Apart which was $4-5 cheaper.I don’t regret this choice,as the latter book was an incredible read,but some day or the other,I will buy Room.It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and I have heard mostly good things about it; however those who didn’t like it didn’t miss the opportunity to lambaste it!
3.Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Recipient of the Miles Franklin Award in 1992,this book looks really interesting.I think the writing will be very subtle and delicate,and the book will explore the intricacies of the different relationships people can have with one another.Moreover it has even been made into a superb Folio edition that doesn’t leave any one indifferent.On my wish-list,even though it’s quite costly because of its size.
4.Sons and Lovers – D.H Lawrence
E.M Forster described Lawrence as ”the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation”,Philip Larkin said of Sons and Lovers,”nearly every page of it is perfect”,and Blake Morrisson opines that ”There is nothing quite like Sons and Lovers in the whole of literature.It is momentous.” Need I say more why I want this book?
5.Wole Soyinka – King Baabu
Written by the first Black African to win a Nobel Prize,this satire of Mugabe’s reign over Zimbabwe looks very promising.The Prime Minister of my country is strongly reminiscent of all those corrupt Borgian leaders,and this is why I am drawn to this particular play by Wole Soyinka.Having lately read Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,I know what African leaders are capable of,and this is why I’m much looking forward to reading this little tale!
6.Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Hans Andersen
I have the Folio facsimiles of the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault,and I only have that of Hans Andersen to buy to complete my collection.Although it has gone up in price,it is a must-buy for me.Maybe I’ll have it by the end of the year or in next year’s summer.Anyway I’ll share a picture when the collection is completed.What makes these facsimiles stand out is the fact that they comprise the illustrations of their best-known artists: Arthur Rackham for the Brothers Grimms,Edmund Dulac for Perrault,and W.Heath Robinson Hans Andersen.
7.Maus I&II – Art Spiegelman
According to the reviews I have stumbled upon,this graphic novel amply deserves its Pulitzer Prize.I saw some excerpts of the book,and the illustrations looked very powerful and for the little I saw,I liked Spiegelman’s writing.I honestly cannot wait to read Maus,even though the two copies together will cost me about the price of 4 paperbacks!
8.Nobody Writes to the Colonel – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I saw this book some days ago and was surprised upon learning that it was written by Marquez.The man had a knack to find very poetic titles for his books and Nobody Writes to the Colonel was no exception.Given that I haven’t read any book from Gabriel Garcia Marquez,I think I will start with his lesser known works before reading Love in the Time of Cholera and then,his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude.
9.Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Yet another book I want in Folio edition.Like countless others,it has gone up in price,but I will still save my money to buy it.It is often featured in the list of the best cult books,so I think it’ll be worth it to have Heller’s masterpiece in Folio edition.
10.Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A friend told me that this book is excellent and the few reviews of it I’ve seen around are in keeping with his words.Thanks to Things Fall Apart,I have grown infatuated with African literature and I want to read more books pertaining to that sphere.Half of a Yellow Sun seems a good book to carry on my exploration of this literary world.Also Ngozi Adichie is very young,yet her books are constantly being nominated for a myriad of literary awards.Thus I’m quite confident that I will not be disappointed with her book.
My list is pretty eclectic.Is there an unusual book you recommend? Or one that doesn’t receive enough recognition in your opinion? And have you read any of those I’ve listed?