Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What book to read?

Our university is proposing to set up a reading program for all students.  Possibly selecting a common book that all incoming freshmen have to read.  I can immediately think of a whole bunch of books worth reading: 

John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath",
Plato’s "Republic",
Homer’s "Iliad" and "Odyssey",
Nelson Mandela’s "Long Road to Freedom",
Greg Mortenson’s "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools",
Khaled Hosseini’s "Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns",
David Michell’s "Cloud Atlas",
Yann Martel’s "Life of Pi",
Milan Kundera’s "The Unbearable Lightness of Being",
Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment" and "Brothers Karamazov",
Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina",
George Orwell’s "Animal Farm" and "1984",
William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies",
Solzhenitsyn’s "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", "The Gulag Archipelago", ...,
Victor Hugo’s "Les Miserables",
Milton Friedman’s "Capitalism and Freedom",
Friedrich Hayek’s "The Road to Serfdom",

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There is certainly no shortage of books.  Just a shortage of readers.  Not just among the students, but the professors as well. 


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