Tea With Chris: Cesare Pavese Follows

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Friday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Carl: When someone publishes a “greatest books” list, it’s usually either the same list as every other list, or not actually featuring great books. But this 100 books list shocked me because I’ve never seen half these novels listed like this before, and the ones that I’ve read are among my own favourite books. This was especially surprising because what you see first, at #100, is a Margaret Atwood novel, inauspiciously. But then Cesare Pavese follows. (Don’t worry, there are lots of other women on the list.) It’s great that Alex Carnevale includes mystery and science-fiction novels, and a deliciously indulgent number of Thomas Bernard books. And the capsule descriptions sharply convey the character of each book and the thinking behind its selection. If you’re like me and haven’t read nearly half of them, there are months of pleasure in store for us.

Chris: Via Aaron Ulledal on Facebook, a two-minute neo-noir:

Here are several fine stills of the late Michael Gough, including one from Ronald Neame’s The Horse’s Mouth where he closely resembles a guest of our 100,000th Word party next week.


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2 responses to “Tea With Chris: Cesare Pavese Follows

  1. el nino

    by lots of other women, you mean 9 or 10? out of 90 or so? shame on you, carl!! :)

    p.s. there are only 2 books by Thomas Bernhard

    p.p.s. thanks for posting a link to this list – i’m in the market for a new novel

  2. Nikki, there are actually 20 books by women on the list – which means, yes, 80 by men, but for lists like this that’s a high ratio.
    You’re right about Bernhard, though. There are three by Faulkner, which is arguably a bigger eccentricity; also three by Kafka, but that doesn’t seem too controversial. (Although that one of them is Amerika may be, esp. considering that he counts novellas so could have said The Metamorphosis.) Two each by Nabokov, Joyce, Woolf, Morrison, Dostoevsky (that one of them is Demons/The Devils/The Possessed is the strange part there) and (less canonically) Bernhard and Sebald. (While there is, e.g., only one Henry James.) Also they should have put “Modern” (or 20th-century) in the title, rather than just explaining it away in the intro, but what the hey.