Finally assembled the complete list of last year’s books read – (see it here). Out of 76 total a dozen or so were re-reads. There seems to be a general theme of mid/late 20th century counter-culture. Abbie Hoffman and Jerzy Kosinski stood out as the writers I enjoyed the most. I had never taken Abbie for anything more than a left-wing wacko but after reading several of his books I now wonder where all the Abbies of today are hiding. (we need more like him) Jerzy Kosinski’s ‘vignette’ style really grabbed me though ‘Pinball’ wasn’t up to his earlier work. The biggest disappointment was Herman Hesse. ‘Siddhartha’ was OK at best but ‘The Journey to the East’ went nowhere and I gave up on ‘Demian’ after two attempts. Even though I have many more books to read by both writers, so far I’ve found William S. Burroughs more interesting than Jack Kerouac. Burroughs seems more like a deviant who writes honestly where Kerouac’s writing is a little too “wide-eyed”.
(Here) is the list so far for 2006. Comments, criticism, reviews, insights and recommendations are welcomed.