Cult Fiction Book Meme

Based on this article: bolded are the ones I’ve read, italicised are those I want to read.

* 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)
* 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)
* 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)
* 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)
* 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 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)
* 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)
* Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig (1974)

Just four, haha. What can I say? I’m not into religion, much less cult books! 😀


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    May 05, 2008 @ 00:20:31

    Catch-22 is one of my absolute favorite books ever. I wouldn’t call it a cult book.

    nylusmilk: i haven’t read it, so can’t say much about its cult-ability. 😛 it’s the article that claims it is!


  2. museditions
    May 05, 2008 @ 17:30:01

    Baby and Child Care
    The Bell Jar
    The Catcher in the Rye
    The Celestine Prophecy
    Chariots of the Gods
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
    Fear of Flying
    The Female Eunuch
    Gödel, Escher, Bach
    Jonathan Livingston Seagull
    On The Road
    The Prophet
    The Rubáiyát
    The Stranger
    The Teachings of Don Juan
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Wow, I’ve read quite a few of the books from the list! I didn’t realize I was such a cultist! There are some other good ones on your link I want to read, now. I’m surprised ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ didn’t make the list.
    Very Interesting, all of it.

    nylusmilk: haha, who knew? 😉 feels like you’ve read all the books that really matter!


  3. lovelyloey
    May 05, 2008 @ 18:11:40

    WOAH I read only 2 of those, Hitchhiker’s Guide and Mockingbird.
    Why isn’t Murakami on the list? He’s got quite a cult follower, with all the surreal stuff he writes. Oh well. I’m more into popular fiction… because they are cheaper, generally. Cult fiction go for at least 25sgd most of the time, and I feel the pinch. Especially when I’m not even sure I’ll be able to follow the plot, if there is one to begin with. Heh.

    nylusmilk: hor, what have you been reading, huh? 😉 i thought singapore libraries are good? especially since you’re still in uni… my uni has okay selection of fiction, but i hardly ever venture there; lazy. :mrgreen:


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