Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

A Baker’s Dozen

Interested in a good book? Here’s a baker’s dozen of the best books I read this year:

1.  The Iliad: A New Translation (Translator: Stephen Mitchell)
2.  Hospital of the Transfiguration (Stanislaw Lem)
3.  Slavery by Another Name (Douglas A. Blackmon)
4.  Johannes Brahms: A Biography (Jan Swafford)
5.  Rabbit Boss (Thomas Sanchez)
6.  Everything Flows (Vasily Grossman)
7.  The 42nd Parallel (John Dos Passos)
8.  The Heart of a Dog (Mikhail Bulgakov)
9.  Suleiman the Magnificent (Andre Clot)
10. Constantinople: The Last Great Siege 1453 (Roger Crowley)
11. Forty Days of Musa Dagh (Franz Werfel)
12. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Kurt Vonnegut)
13. Off Side (Manuel Vazquez Montalban)

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6 thoughts on “A Baker’s Dozen

  1. You are going to have an excellent 2014!! :)

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  2. Not at all!
    Yes, there are a lot of great books out there. I hope you’ll give one of the ones I read this year a go, and if you do, let me know what you think.
    I’ve only a vague inkling of what I’m going to read in the coming year. The only thing I’ve got in mind so far is The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake, The Complete Poetical Works of Shelley, and Perdido Street Station and Iron Council by Mievielle.

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  3. Interesting list Tom. Haven’t read any of them. But I might look into some of them. The biography of Brahms I’d like to read. The Stephen Mitchell translation of The Iliad looks great though I still really love the Richmond Lattimore version. All the best for 2014.

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  4. The Brahms biography was really excellent. I love his music, and it was good to get a fuller picture of the man behind it.
    Thanks. Have a great 2014!

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