23 May 2009

15 Books in 15 Minutes

So this is a tag courtesy of Final Transit. Apparently, the objective is to list fifteen books that will always stick on me. I suppose this will be a list of the fifteen books that have an impact on my being.

01. 1984 by George Orwell
02. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
03. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
04. The Cave by Jose Saramago
05. Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
06. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
07. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
08. The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan
09. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
10. Animal Farm by George Orwell
11. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
12. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
13. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
14. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
15. Ulysses by James Joyce

I suppose there are a lot of ideological books in this list. Perhaps that is the way books make an impact in my head. If the book gives me a parallel world to which I can escape to whenever I want to, fine. Nothing is wrong with that. However, if the book gives me more than that, say, an idea, and if that idea makes sense, then all the better. And if this idea is an alternative idea from what the rest of the world believes, if it is backed up by reason, then I am more impressed.

(Carved Entities, from my National Gallery of Art Series)


  1. Thanks for doing the tag Jeruen! Its not easy to pick 15 books! Esp someone like you who reads a lot.

  2. Final Transit,

    Oh. That's why there's a Facebook application to keep track of the books I have read!