• 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read | GQ

    C’est bone liste pour la Californie. Et pour la France, l’talie, le Sénégal, le Cameroun, le Congo, l’Égyte, la Russie, l’Inde et la Chine ? Et pour l’Allemagne ?
    Une fois ces listes réunis je me prends un an de vacances avec des amis et on se traduit et s’explique mutuellement le pour et le contre des livres.
    On commence là sur #Seenthis ?

    We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We got halfway through Infinite Jest and halfway through the SparkNotes on Finnegans Wake. But a few pages into Bleak House, we realized that not all the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring. So we—and a group of un-boring writers—give you permission to strike these books from the canon. Here’s what you should read instead.

    1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
    Instead: The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford

    2. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    Instead: Olivia: A Novel by Dorothy Strachey

    3. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
    Instead: Dispatches by Michael Herr

    4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    Instead: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

    5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Instead: Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector

    6. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    Instead: The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

    7. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    Instead: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

    8. John Adams by David McCullough
    Instead: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

    9 & 10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    Instead: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Fredrick Douglass
    Instead: The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis

    11. The Ambassadors by Henry James
    Instead: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

    12. The Bible
    Instead: The Notebook by Agota Kristof

    13. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
    Instead: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

    14. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Instead: Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin

    15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
    Instead: Angels by Denis Johnson

    16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Instead: The American Granddaughter by Inaam Kachachi

    17. Life by Keith Richards
    Instead: The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

    18. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
    Instead: Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal

    19. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    Instead: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

    20. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Instead: Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

    21. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Instead: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

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