A Book Recommendation: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
I previously read two other books in this 1001 series: ”1001 Movies” and “1001 Paintings.” I enjoyed reading those books, reading one more subjective list of “the best” in an art category. But I had already seen most of the movies and paintings and had formed opinions or read others’ commentaries.
In contrast, I’ve learned more from reading “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die,” an excellent introductory survey of great books from primarily Western Literature. The book provides a brief summary and commentary about each of the 1,001 books, written by over 100 different literary critics.
If you want to have a pleasant introductory knowledge of the history of Western Literature and “The Classics,” this book is an entertaining read, and I highly recommend it. If you’d like to have a working knowledge of books you’ve heard about, but have not had time to read, this book will, in many cases, give you enough information to inform you which books you might want to read further. The book provides an extensive list, with enough information to give you a general sense of the book. For the books that interest you, you can read the Wikipedia article, book reviews, Goodreads, or do other searches online, at book stores, or libraries for more information to further satisfy your curiosity.