• Jamis lu. C'est promis, j'essaie. - Aymeric Heim
  • En français, Jack Barron ou l'Eternité - sa lecture ne laisse pas indifférent !
  • Elle est très belle cette édition !! - Pedro78
  • ah i didn't know he wrote books, I'll search for it! - yaseroto
  • the best - nocaine
  • I've read the English, never the French. Excellent - D..R..
  • Genius - D..R..
  • JMG Le Clezio was just awarded the Nobel Prize today ! yes !!!!!

Desert Island Collection - Top 24 - Books

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Even harder an execice as for music and movies, these are the 24 books I would take on a desert island. Lots are missing (see at the end) but these have had deep impacts on me and have been my favs over the years. No particular order. For all the listed books, I enjoy most works of the corresponding writers but I had to choose one.

Franz Kafka - Le Procés / The Trial
Georges Perec - La vie mode d'emploi
JMG Le Clezio - Le Procés-Verbal
EM Cioran - De l'inconvénient d'être né
Charles Baudelaire - Les Fleurs du Mal
René Daumal - Le Mont Analogue

Michel Leiris - Aurora
Herman Hesse - Le Jeu des Perles de Verre
Boris Vian - L'Automne à Pékin
F. Nietzsche - Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra
JK Huysmans - A Rebours
Joseph Heller - Catch 22

Norman Spinrad - Bug Jack Barron
Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror
R. Zelazny - The Chronicles of Amber
Philip K Dick - UBIK
Louis Pauwels et Jaques Bergier - Le Matin des Magiciens
Charles Bukowski - Play the piano like a percussion instrument until the fingers begin to bleed

Philip Roth - The Human Stain
Daniel Pennac - Aux fruits de la passion
John Brunner - Stand on Zanzibar
Charles Mingus - Beneath the underdog
Louis Ferdinand Celine - Voyage au bout de la nuit
John Irving - A prayer for Owen Meany

Great books and writers are missing that were of my first selection: Dostoievsky, Villiers de l'Isle Adam, Raymond Queneau, Alfred Jarry, Alexandre Vialatte, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Raymond Roussel, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, André Breton, Thomas Hardy, Garbriel Garcia Marquez, John Fowles, Umberto Eco, Andres Ibanes, Douglas "Godel, Escher, Bach" Hofstadter, Lawrence Durrell, Michel Onfray, William Gibson, Jorge Luis Borges, John Dos Passos, Thomas Mann, Jack Kerouack, Malcolm Lowry, Henry Miller..... and many more.

All these (but one) are covers of books I own.
Desert Island Coll. - Music - www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/370733734/in/set-132648/
Desert Island Coll. - Movies - www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/408783370/in/set-132648/
Desert Island Coll. - Books - www.flickr.com/photos/feuilllu/436336477/

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  1. Photogrammaton 97 months ago | reply

    Huysmans and Heller, Baudelaire and Dick--very suggestive choices. Haven't even finished reading the list carefully, but had to applaud you on those.

    I know a Norman Spinrad book: Agent of Chaos. Love its idea, but can't count it as a great book. Is Bug Jack Barron really so good you'd make it 1 of 24? I guess so, else it wouldn't be here. I hope I can read it sometime.

    This group is another of your good ideas, maybe the best yet. I'm so busy I may not join it, since I don't have time to make a photo collage of my picks. But I applaud.

  2. Pierre Metivier 97 months ago | reply

    Hello John, Thanks for all the nice comments. I can see you're busy ..No picture from for over a month :-( I hope it's a good thing to be that busy.

    As for music and for movies, I enjoy lots of different styles including SF. Zelazny, Brunner or Dick are my favs but that one Spinrad really struck a chord with me. It may not with you. You'll tell me.

  3. Rejean Pellerin 96 months ago | reply

    Feuillu, peux-tu poster cette photo dans mon nouveau groupe de livres en français? Merci!


  4. Pierre Metivier 96 months ago | reply

    C'est fait, Réjean, même si il n'y a pas que des auteurs français.

  5. Rejean Pellerin 96 months ago | reply

    Parfait! Tu me donnes une idée. Il me faudra faire une photo du même genre mais seulement avec des auteurs québécois.

  6. nocaine 95 months ago | reply

    Les Chants de Maldoror.. my fav.

  7. nocaine 95 months ago | reply

    I'm starting a new group about the book by Lautreamont "Les Chants de Maldoror" , and i would like pretty much to have this picture in the group...
    Please join an uploap this pic to the pool


    I'll be waiting..

  8. Pierre Metivier 95 months ago | reply

    The wait is over Done.

  9. naichan 94 months ago | reply

    What a selection! And recommendation for those I don't know. This exercise works well for books, but for music it may be too subjective. I can't stand The Beatles or opera. I'd rather listen to a road drill... :-)

  10. Pierre Metivier 94 months ago | reply

    groups exists for music and movies too... now it is more or less subjective ? I'm unsure.. for music, with the recommendations, you can listen to musical excerpts and have an idea... also, looking at a music selection... if you know and like some of the selection, then there is a good chance you'll like some of the rest.

    Looking for your book selection soon ?

  11. naichan 94 months ago | reply


    Yes I'm tempted to post my book selection. I'll see...

  12. LE POULAILLER 89 months ago | reply

    Très bonne série!

  13. Pol N 82 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Libros & Bibliotecas, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. N_H_ 82 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Readers & Writers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  15. Pierre Metivier 79 months ago | reply

    Thanks to all. One of my favourite writers, in this list, was just awarded the Nobel Prize today ! Congratulations to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio !

  16. sathyanand mohan [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

    perec, mingus, lautreamont....cool

  17. kang amir 2 weeks ago | reply

    Are you looking for place to free download Books ?.. try it. Free Books

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