Today is the first Monday question in a series of five where we share our Top Five lists for several things. First up are books. (Advance warning: perfume will be last, so we have some time to pick our five most beloved scents.)
So let’s get started with Part I:
What are your Top Five books of all time?
Here we go, after much deliberation:
1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years Of Solitude (RIP, one of the most wonderful, magical authors ever). – A sweeping story of generations full of magic and unforgettable characters.
2. John Irving: A Prayer For Owen Meany – the story of a very unusual man and how he saved the world.
3. Umberto Eco: Foucault’s Pendulum – everything you ever wanted to know about arcane wisdom, the occult and more. There is almost nothing Eco doesn’t touch. He is a true renaissance man.
4. Wally Lamb: I Know This Much Is True – a rich, intricate novel about identical twin brothers dealing with their family history in very different ways. One is schizophrenic, the other is not. Impossible for me to summarize in a few words, this is a book that won’t ever leave you again.
5. Pat Conroy: The Prince Of Tides – deeply touching family history set in the deep south. Also made into a very good movie with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand.
Special mention (because I just can’t leave them out!):
Stephen King: The Dark Tower Vol. I-VII – King’s opus magnum, the culmination of his entire body of work. A must-read for fans and just a fantastic story for everybody else.
Isabel Allende: The House Of Spirits – what can I say? I am a big fan of South-American magic realism.
Irvin D.Yalom: When Nietzsche Wept – a ficticious story about real people. What happens when Friedrich Nietzsche goes into therapy with Josef Breuer. Oh yes, a young medical intern is also important to the story, his name is Sigmund Freud.
Dennis Lehane: Shutter Island – dizzying crime story about a murder set on an isolated psychiatric hospital on Shutter Island. A psychological closed door murder mystery with a twist you’ll never forget.
I cannot wait for your Top Five Books!