Sunday, October 2, 2016

Five by Five

These are worth reading.

5 Modernist Japanese Novels
1. The Makioka Sisters - Junichiro Tanizaki
2. Sanshiro - Soseki Natsume
3. The Waiting Years - Fumiko Enchi
4. The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata
5. Rashomon - Ryunosuke Akutagawa

5 Novels Related to the Vietnam War
1. Dog Soldiers - Robert Stone
2. Fields of Fire - James Webb
3. Novel without a Name - Duong Thu Huong
4. Body Count - William Huggett
5. A Country Such As This - James Webb

5 Novels related to Seafaring
1. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
2. The Voyage of the Narwhal - Andrea Barrett
3. English Passengers - Matthew Kneale
4. Delilah: A Novel - Marcus Goodrich
5. HMS Surprise - Patrick O'Brian

5 novels related to expatriates
1. A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd
2. The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy - Anthony Burgess
3. American Fuji - Sara Backer
4. The Singapore Grip - J.G. Farrell
5. The Industry of Souls - Martin Booth


  1. I can't resist a book list! I have only read The Makioka Sisters. I want to read more about Vietnam after reading The Sympathizer earlier this year, so I have taken note. Have you read The Things They Carried? I want to try that as well. I really need to read more William Boyd and my library has a copy of that title! To add to the list of books about expats: The Quiet American by Graham Greene is amazing.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I think The Things They Carried is well worth reading, both for story, theme, and literary structure. I too need to read another Wm. Boyd someday. This dates me, but I think I read The Quiet American soon after the end of the Vietnam War.