Saturday, August 16, 2014

Books I've Read At Least Three Times

In no particular order, but with some comments. Share yours in the comments section!

Moby Dick—Herman Melville
It's a completely different novel every time I read it

Blood Meridian
& The Border Trilogy—Cormac McCarthy
Third time Blood Meridian en español, which felt fitting

On The Road
The Dharma Bums
Desolation Angels—Jack Kerouac
OTR third time was in Spanish—also fitting

Lord of the Rings—JRR Tolkien
All three times before my 21st b-day I think—not sure I'll ever read it again

Thus Spoke Zarathustra—Friedrich Nietzsche
I count this as a book/novel—I may have read Beyond Good and Evil 3X too, not sure, and probably The Nietzsche Reader too

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—Robert Pirsig
Not counting the 2X I tried and gave up before I got through it and loved it—needed to be older to appreciate it I think

The Sun Also Rises
A Farewell To Arms
For Whom The Bell Tolls
All the short stories—Ernest Hemingway
and most everything else twice

Catch-22—Joseph Heller
The 3rd time it didn't feel as profound— I wonder if you need to be younger? not sure—will probably read again sometime

Tao Te ching
or Dao De Jing—Lao Tzu
not a novel, not really poetry—philosophy

The Sutra of Hui Neng
also called The Platform Sutra

The Lover—Marguerite Duras
third or fourth time in french! one of my goals! Again, not as profound now—maybe need to read when younger

Catcher in the Rye—JD Salinger
everyone says this novel needs to be read when young, but still stands up (or did last time)

The Republic—Plato
also Phaedrus

Slaughterhouse Five—Vonnegut
last time in spanish—not quite as fitting—translator didn't 'get' "so it goes"

1984—George Orwell
The dystopian novel that started it all. Surprisingly holds up, even with all our new technology. Just re-read it in 2018.

The Great Gatsby—F. Scott Fitzgerald
last time in spanish, which worked ok

The Lorax—Dr. Seuss
probably others of his too, though this one for sure

Almost everything by Charles Bukowski
including all his books of poetry

Desert Solitaire—Edward Abbey

Walden—HD Thoreau

The Stranger—Albert Camus

The Watchmen—Alan Moore

The Dark Knight Returns—Frank Miller

Plus many individual poems by Ginsberg, O'Hara, Bukowski, Snyder, to name but a few

And short stories like "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by JC Oates and "A&P" by Updike

Now what are yours third-timer books? Please share in the comments section!

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