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Friday, January 30, 2009

re: 1000 novels everyone must read

Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this definitive list includes only novels originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel.

Here's my list so far - novels I read and included in my personal collection.


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
The Castle by Franz Kafka
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike


The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Family and self

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
Herzog by Saul Bellow
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
The Outsider by Albert Camus
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Roxana by Daniel Defoe
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Howards End by EM Forster
The Immoralist by Andre Gide
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Ambassadors by Henry James
Washington Square by Henry James
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Ulysses by James Joyce
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
The Rabbit Omnibus by John Updike
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Victory: An Island Tale by Joseph Conrad
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Adam Bede by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
A Room with a View by EM Forster
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
The Far Pavillions by Mary Margaret Kaye
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
The Rainbow by DH Lawrence
Women in Love by DH Lawrence
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Love Story by Eric Segal
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
First Love by Ivan Turgenev
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Science fiction and fantasy

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Magus by John Fowles
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dune by Frank L Herbert
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Shining by Stephen King
The Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
The Time Machine by HG Wells
The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

State of the nation

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Plague by Albert Camus
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sister Carrie by Theodor Dreiser
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
A Passage to India by EM Forster
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Leopard by Giuseppi di Lampedusa
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Germinal by Emile Zola

War and travel

Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Justine by Lawrence Durrell
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
Count Belisarius by Robert Graves
King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolp Erich Raspe
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
Candide by Voltaire
The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
The Virginian by Owen Wister
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

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Le poèt de Pangasinan

Santiago B. Villafania, a bilingual Filipino poet who writes in English and in his native language of Pangasinan, is the author of poetry collections Bonsaic Verses (2012), Pinabli and Other Poems (2012), Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles (2007), and Balikas na Caboloan (Voices from Caboloan, 2005) published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) under its UBOD New Authors Series. He has been published in several countries and translated into several languages. Villafania is one of the 11 Outstanding Pangasinan conferred with the 2010 ASNA Award for the Arts and Culture (literature) during the first Agew na Pangasinan and also the 430th Foundation Day of the province on April 2010. He is a member of Philippine PEN writes a regular weekly column for the Sunday Punch.



A collection of ghazals in Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com

A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka, haiga, and other poems in English and Pangasinan language. Order now at Amazon.com

“Santiago Villafania is a searcher with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and endurance. His quest has brought him to explore world poetry from points East and West. He is no stranger to sophisticated verse forms such the Sapphic strophe nor to the diverse permutations of the Japanese haiku. But he is not a formalist, he has daringly explored Asian and Western cultures in a very personal way and writes his mind with a daring, invigorating, aesthetically pleasing ease. In his poetry Villafania displays not only a breadth, but it feels very much like a breath of fresh air.” – Ute Margaret Saine, poet, critic, translator, past president of PEN Orange County and the former editor of the California Poetry Quarterly

“Villafania’s emergence as a poet is a fine moment to celebrate. Another voice from the regions augurs a richer body of writing that Filipinos can hold up as a mirror of our native culture.” – Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

The Beloved Idiom | A Reading of Villafania’s ‘Pinabli & other poems’ by Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo

LCCN.: 2010338612

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"The publication of Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles by Santiago B. Villafania should be a source of rejoicing for readers of regional literatures. This second book by Pangasinan's leading poet today is impressive in both form and substance. Villafania has created 300 sonnets and 50 villanelles in his own language that attempt to reflect the primacy of native culture and return the poet to the central stage of social life."A Boost to Pangasinan Literature from Breaking Signs by Cirilo F. Bautista (Philippine Panorama, 16 Dec. 2007, pp.25-26)

"Villafania is not only a visionary poet, he is a linguistic philosopher who codifies the origin of language and culture, dissects the myths and the common beliefs of the people against the urban legends, juxtaposes the literary tradition against the modern influences by dialectically infusing them in his poetic revelation of truth."Poetic Revelation in Language and Culture by Danny C. Sillada (Manila Bulletin, 12 May 2008, pp. F1-F2)

Photos: Book Launching at the Pearl Manila Hotel, 5 Feb. 2008

"Santiago Villafania's Balikas ed Caboloan certainly has reinvigorated the anlong tradition of Pangasinan that for a long period of time suffered silence from the hands of writers more attuned to English writing. Characteristically anacbanua, Villafania's poetry echoes his predecessors and presages a promising era for young writers in Pangasinan." – Dr. Marot Nelmida-Flores

Thesis: Bilay ed Caboloan - Reconfiguration of Space using a New Historicist Lens by Ayesah Tecson

from Pangasinan 'Anlong': Oral tradition into the 21st century published in Manila Times / Sunday Magazine, March 13 & 20, 2011.

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