Cult Fiction Book Meme
April 25, 2008 § 6 Comments
Cult books include some of the most cringemaking collections of bilge ever collected between hard covers. But they also include many of the key texts of modern feminism; some of the best journalism and memoirs; some of the most entrancing and original novels in the canon.
I enjoyed the 101 Books of Pretension Meme before so let’s take a run at this one.
The schema is simple, boldface books you’ve read and italics font books you started but never quite finished. Now, on to the list:
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
- The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell (1957-60)
- A Rebours by JK Huysmans (1884)
- Baby and Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (1946) —paged through, more like a reference book, isn’t it?
- The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf (1991)
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963)
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (1951)– if by “cult” you mean, 10th grade reading assignment.
- The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (1993)
- The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (1971)
- Chariots of the Gods: Was God An Astronaut? by Erich Von Däniken (1968 )
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
- Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1782)
- The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (1824)
- Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health by L Ron Hubbard (1950)–hmm, when they say “cult” I guess they mean a real cult.
- The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (1954)
- Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (1968 )
- Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (1973)
- The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer (1970)
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (1943)
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R Hofstadter (1979)–cult? this sucker should be on the “ultimate pretension list” of books.
- Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (1973)
- The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln (1982)
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948 )
- If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino (1979)
- Iron John: a Book About Men by Robert Bly (1990)
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and Russell Munson (1970) –The book report on this from an idiot in my 11th grade English class was….exceptionally literal let us say.
- The Magus by John Fowles (1966)
- Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962)
- The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1958 )
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
- No Logo by Naomi Klein (2000)
- On The Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)–snore. ok, someday I’ll take another run at it.
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson (1971)
- The Outsider by Colin Wilson (1956)
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (1923)
- The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell (1914)
- The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám tr by Edward FitzGerald (1859)
- The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron (1937)
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)
- The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1774)
- Story of O by Pauline Réage (1954)
- The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)
- The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda (1968 )
- Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (1933)
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1883-85)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)–wait..what? This is “canon”, not “cult” you English weebags!
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values by Robert M Pirsig(1974)–I started into this overrated claptrap musta been 6 or 7 times so it is vaguely possible I did in fact finish it. suck-o.
Alrighty then. Apparently I am not very “culty” in my reading. Ah well.