Thursday, January 29, 2009

Oates and Acorns

Joyce Carol Oates has written more than 50 novels...
and over 400 short stories. I think I've only read one of her novels, and one short story. She was quoted as saying writing was not her top priority, her husband was.

The Man who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. An eco fable, I received this as a gift in 2001, a book on tape that I listened to over and over again in the car. I can't recall what happened to it, but the story was very uplifting. To sort through a sack of acorns and plant mighty oaks...well worth reading. Here is an animated video of the first part of the story. (Thanks R.L.!) This is a great gift book for anyone.


ReversedCircle said...

Isaac Aismov published over 700 works of fiction and non-fiction.

Avid Reader said...

funny you should mention him-- I briefly worked in publishing--for Mr. A. for a little over a year.

R.L. Bourges said...

Now tell me: did Mr Asimov ever feel the need to say his significant other was his top priority? (Just wondering.)

I've also only read one of Joyce Carol Oates' books. Wasn't moved to read any others as a priority issue.

Giono - sweet! Glad you liked it.

Avid Reader said...

RL. I could tell you stories... oh my. His priority was writing as much as he possibly could, and secondly, talking about his writing.

dennis said...

Dennis would like to remind everyone that next week is "Read Aloud to Your Cats" week. Dennis recommends "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" for a starter.

ReversedCircle said...

I enjoy his short stories. Oates is a snooze.

Anonymous said...

50 is still an impressive number, but Dumas wrote over 1,200 --later his works were grouped together into volumes, and many are out of print, so the number decreased. Never read Oates.


Shadow Mom said...

She must have a following, but I've never read her work.

Deborah Godin said...

Haven't read her - like the saying goes, " little time" I need to devote one lifetime just to reading one of these turns of the wheel.

tut-tut said...

Giono is a Provencal writer; I have a book of his in French.

What about Iris Murdoch? She wrote lots of books. Plus there is a movie about her. Is this a book contest now? If so, I'm voting for Carolyn Keene, who wasn't even one person, but who wrote lots of books. Here's a snippet from The Mystery at Lilac Inn:

Nancy felt she must be dreaming. Not only had the thief charged two thousand dollars to her account, but the store manager seemed to believe that Nancy herself had made the purchases.
"I must have a double!" she thought.

May Sarton wrote a nice book about cats. Perhaps I'll see if Bear will lend an ear.

Megan said...

Went and looked and no, haven't read anything by Oates.

If I won the lottery I would spend the rest of my days in libraries and still never read everything that I'd like to.

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)