Danny Luo Data Scientist, UToronto Math & Physics Student

Book List


These are books that I have read.


Fiction

Title Author Thoughts Rating
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Alexander Solzhenitsyn ย  Currently Reading
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcรญa Mรกrquez Fantastical epic that spans generations. Are you an Aureliano or a Josรฉ Arcadio? ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Trial Franz Kafka Shame, guilt, bureaucracy. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell First two books contain fancy prose, must read with dictionary. Followed by corny mystery novel, comedic relief escape and mediocre dystopia of corporate Korea. Last book is post-apocalyptic Hawaii written in spoken vernacular, slightly more intellegible than Huck Finn. Books strung together with weak connections, ends unexcitingly with jumbled message for reader. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk Chaotic narrative. Abundance of great quotes. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Paradise Lost John Milton Finished after eight months of reading. After reading barely anything the first two months, I resolved myself to read ten minutes every morning, and began to make serious progress. Even so, epic poetry is difficult to digest. I could only read at most a few pages in one sitting.

An entincing, Romantic Satan, fallen from Heaven, plans his revenge on God and Man. Milton makes Satan relatable to the reader.

Notable quotes:
  • The mind is its own place, and in itself/
    Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
     - The Enemy
  • Then who created thee lamenting learn,/
    When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know.
     - Seraph Abdiel to the Adversary
Notable passages:
  • God's Justification (III, 80-134)
  • The Lamentation of Satan (IV, 32-113)
  • Adam's Lamentation of Death (X, 720-844)
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Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe I found rich Igbo culture and tradition, demonstrating cultural invariants โ€” archetypes. The hypermasculine Okonkwo supresses the feminine and perishes, emasculated.

I begin to understand Achebeโ€™s criticisms of Conrad, though I disagree with most of them.
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Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Marlow gazes at the savages:
  • "[W]hat thrilled you was just the thought of their humanityโ€”like yoursโ€”the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. [...] there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which youโ€”you so remote from the night of first agesโ€”could comprehend."
I hope to be as eloquent as Kurtz, in the face of death
  • "I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terrorโ€”of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some visionโ€”he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: 'The horror! The horror!'"
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce Blog Post
  • โ€œWhen the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those netsโ€
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Lord of the Rings: Trilogy J. R. R. Tolkien The trilogy took me half a year to read. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov One of the best openers Iโ€™ve read:
โ€œLolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.โ€
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The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Life of Pi Yann Martel ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway It tolls for thee. Obscenity this, obscenity that. Me cago en la leche. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Dubliners James Joyce RIP Parnell. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
East of Eden John Steinbeck timshel - contrast with The Grand Inquisitor ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes Heartwrenching ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Did not really understand it, will not rate ย 
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas (pรจre) โ€œI am Edmond Dantรจs!โ€ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Funniest book Iโ€™ve read. Very poignant too. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Great Expectations Charles Dickens ย  ๐ŸŒŸ
Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Animal Farm George Orwell ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger One angsty kid ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Handmaidโ€™s Tale Margaret Atwood ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Enderโ€™s Game Orson Scott Card ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
A Hitchhikerโ€™s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
1984 George Orwell ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Brave New World Aldous Huxley ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury โ€œIt was a pleasure to burn.โ€ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Lord of the Flies William Golding ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ


Poetry

Title Author Thoughts
Howl Allen Ginsberg ย 
The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot ย 
Hamlet William Shakespeare โ€œWhat a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?โ€
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T. S. Eliot ย 


Non-fiction

Title Author Thoughts Rating
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Jonathan Haidt ย  Currently Reading
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli Be bold like Agathocles. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Republic Plato ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
Physics of the Impossible Michio Kaku Interesting, but farfetched. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking One of the books that motivated me to study physics. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ


ไธญๆ–‡

ไนฆๅ ไฝœ่€… ๆ„Ÿๆƒณ ่ฏ„็บง
้ช†้ฉผ็ฅฅๅญ
(Rickshaw Boy)
่€่ˆ
(Lao She)
ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
้˜ฟQๆญฃไผ 
(The True Story of Ah Q)
้ฒ่ฟ…
(Lu Xun)
โ€œๅฏ็ฌ‘๏ผโ€ ย 
็‹‚ไบบๆ—ฅ่ฎฐ
(A Madmanโ€™s Diary)
้ฒ่ฟ…
โ€œๆˆ‘่‡ชๅทฑ่ขซไบบๅƒไบ†๏ผŒๅฏไป็„ถๆ˜ฏๅƒไบบ็š„ไบบ็š„ๅ…„ๅผŸ๏ผโ€ ย 
ไผผๆฐดๆตๅนด ็Ž‹ๅฐๆณข
(Wang Xiaobo)
ๅ™่ฟฐๆททไนฑๆœ‰่ถฃๅฆ‚็ฌฌไบŒๅไบŒๅ†›่ง„ใ€‚ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
ไธ‰ๅ่€Œ็ซ‹ ็Ž‹ๅฐๆณข
ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
้ป„้‡‘ๆ—ถไปฃ
(The Golden Age)
็Ž‹ๅฐๆณข
ๅฅๅญๅฆ‚ๆตทๆ˜Žๅจใ€‚ๆ•ฆไธ€ๆ•ฆไผŸๅคงๅ‹่ฐŠใ€‚ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
ไธ‰ไฝ“ I
(The Three-Body Problem)
ๅˆ˜ๆ…ˆๆฌฃ
(Liu Cixin)
ๅŽ้ขๆ‰ฏๅพ—ๆœ‰็‚น่ฟœ๏ผŒไธ่ฏป็ฌฌไบŒ้ƒจใ€‚ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ


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