Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ten top books given in books

W.B. Gooderham is the author of Dedicated to...: The Forgotten Friendships, Hidden Stories and Lost Loves found in Second-hand Books, a book made up entirely of notes people have written in other books.

For the Guardian he tagged his ten favorite examples of book-giving in fiction, including:
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. From Money by Martin Amis

John Self senses that his life of sex and drugs and booze is not all it's cracked up to be. He longs to "burst out of the world of money and into … the world of fascination. How do I get there? Tell me, please. I'll never make it by myself." By reading books, seems to be the answer suggested by his friend, Martina Twain, who buys John 1984. Noticing parallels in Nineteen Eighty-Four to his own life, John concedes that "Perhaps there are other bits of my life that would take on content, take on shadow, if only I read a bit more and thought less about money."
Read about the other entries on the list.

Money is among Justin Cartwright's top ten state of the nation novels and Chris Power's top six books on the 1980s.

Nineteen Eighty-four is on Katharine Trendacosta and Amanda Yesilbas's list of ten paranoid science fiction stories that could help you survive, Na'ima B. Robert's top ten list of Romeo and Juliet stories, Gabe Habash's list of ten songs inspired by books and a list of the 100 best last lines from novels. The book made Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten science fiction novels we pretend to have read, Juan E. Méndez's list of five books on torture, P. J. O’Rourke's list of the five best political satires, Daniel Johnson's five best list of books about Cold War culture, Robert Collins' top ten list of dystopian novels, Gemma Malley's top 10 list of dystopian novels for teenagers, is one of Norman Tebbit's six best books and one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It made a difference to Isla Fisher, and appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best Aprils in literature, ten of the best rats in literature, and ten of the best horrid children in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue