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I also read a few novels from time to time, although fiction isn't exactly my first choice. Some of these leave a very deep impression on me and occasionally I go back to one or the other book to read it again or even a little more closely.
Here you will find a few novels, volumes of poetry or other books that have stuck in my memory and which were also part of my own small library.
- AS Neill – The Last Man Alive (1938)
- Albert Camus – The Fall (1956)
"Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day."
- Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (1932)
- Aldous Huxley - Brave new world revisited (1958)
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh – Gift from the Sea (1955)
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Night Flight (1931)
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)
"Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher."
"La grandeur d'un métier est peut-être, avant tout, d'unir les hommes: il n'est qu'un luxe véritable, et c'est celui des relations humaines."
"L'essentiel, nous ne savons pas le prevoir. Chacun de nous a connu les joies les plus chaudes là où rien ne les promettait."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince (1943)
"Un jour, j'ai vu le soleil se coucher quarante-quatre fois!"
"On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
"C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante."
- Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist (1838)
- Daniel Anselme – Farewell Paris (1957)
- Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe (1719)
- Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978 - 1992)
- EM Forster – The Machine Stops (1909)
- Edwin Abbott Abbott – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884)
- Erich Maria Note – Nothing New in the West (1929)
- Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
"But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
- Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms (1929)
“That is the greatest fallacy; the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wisely. They grow careful."
- Ernst Junger – In Steel Storms (1920, 1922, 1924, 1934, 1935, 1961, 1978)
- Esther Vilar – The Manipulated Man (1971)
"If praise is applied in the correct dosage, a woman will never need to scold. Any man who is accustomed to a conditional dosage of praise will interpret its absence as displeasure."
- Eugene Roth – All Men (1983): Man (1935), Man and Beast (1948), The Last Man (1964)
- Francis Bacon – Nova Atlantis (1624)
- Franz Kafka – The Metamorphosis (1915)
- Franz Kafka – The Trial (1925)
"Someone must have slandered Josef K., because he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong."
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt – The Tunnel (1952)
- Friedrich Nietzsche – Thus spoke Zarathustra: A book for all and no one (1883 – 1891)
- Friedrich Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
- Friedrich Nietzsche – The Antichrist (1895)
- George Mikes – How to be an Alien (1946)
“CONTINENTAL people have sex life; the English have hot-water bottles."
"Believe that the aim of life is to have a nice time, go to nice places and meet nice people. … Never be sober after 6.30 pm”
- George Orwell – Animal Farm (1945)
- George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty Four (1949)
- Giovanni Boccaccio – The Decameron (1470, 1471, 1472, 1492)
- HG Wells – The Shape of Things to Come (1933)
- HG Wells – The War of the Worlds (1898)
- HL Mencken - A Book of Burlesques (1920, 2016)
"Creator - A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh. Three proofs of His humor: democracy, hay fever, any fat woman."
- Hans Fallada - everyone dies alone (1946)
- Hans Magnus Enzensberger – Herr Zett's Reflections, or Crumbs He Dropped Gathered by His Listeners (2013)
- Heinrich von Kleist - Michael Kohlhaas (1808, 1810)
- Helen Rowland - A Guide To Men: Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl (1922)
"A man's idea of being perfectly loyal to a woman is to 'think of her always' even when he is kissing another woman."
"A husband is like religion: Never doubt his word even when you know he is lying. To give you any real comfort, he must be taken with blind faith."
- Henry Neville – The Isle of Pines (1668)
- Herman Melville – Moby Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
- Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha (1922)
- Hermann Hesse – Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)
- Homer – Iliad (c. 800 BC)
- Homer – Odyssey (approx. 800 BC)
- JD Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
- J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings .
- J. R. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit (1937)
- James Harington – The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656)
- James Joyce - Ulysses (1922)
- Jaroslav Hasek - The Good Soldier Švejk (1923)
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Emile or On Education (1762)
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Wilhelm Meister’s apprenticeship years (1795–96)
“If we … take people as they are, we make them worse; if we treat them as if they were what they should be, we take them where they need to be taken.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Urfaust (1887) – Faust. A Fragment (1790) – Faust. A Tragedy (1808) – Faust. The tragedy second part (1832)
A must-read for all Heinrichs
- Jonathan Swift – Gulliver's Travels (1726, 1735)
- Joseph Heller - Catch-22 (1961)
- Jostein Gaarder – Sophie's World (1991)
- Judith N Shklar - Ordinary Vices (1984)
- Julia Child - My life in France (2006)
- Kurt vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five (1969)
"So it goes."
(Salman Rushdie's 2019 comment)
- Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (1869)
- Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
- Max frisch – Montauk (1975)
- Michael Ende - the never ending Story (1979)
- Michel Foucault - Madness and Civilization (1961)
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha .
- nathaniel hawthorne - The Scarlett Letter (1850)
- Ovid – Metamorphoses (8 AD)
- Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials - The Triology (1995, 1997, 2000)
- Rainer Maria Rilke – The Poems (1986)
- Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
- Rudyard Kipling – Kim (1901)
- Salman Rushdie - The Satanic Verses: A Novel (1988)
- Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot (1953)
- Samuel Beckett – Endgame (1957)
- Samuel Beckett - Nohow On (1989)
- Samuel Scheffler - Death and the Afterlife (2013)
- Sarah Bakewell - At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails (2016)
- Sophocles - Antigone (approx. 400BC)
- Stefan Zweig – Great moments of mankind (1927)
- Stephen crane – The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
- Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan (1651)
- Thomas More - Utopia (1516)
- Ulrich Plenzdorf – The New Sorrows of Young W. (1973)
- Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose (1980)
- William Golding – Lord of the Flies (1954)
- yann martin – Life of Pi (2001)
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