13 July 2010

Penguin's Ten Essential Books

(1) The Divine Comedy
(2) Walden
(3) Oedipus Rex
(4) Metamorphosis
(5) Moby Dick
(6) Hamlet
(7) The Odyssey
(8) Pride and Prejudice
(9) Jane Eyre
(10) Of Mice and Men

Penguin suggests that reading these ten books are an invaluable part of cultural literacy. They produced a short film showing how knowledge of these books helps you avoid sounding like an ignoramus at cocktail parties.

What other book would you have included? What do you disagree with?

I have read, or at least perused, 9 out of 10. I have not yet gotten to Jane Eyre.

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