Danny Luo Data Scientist, UToronto Math & Physics Student

Book List


The following details books that I have read.


Fiction

Title Author Thoughts Rating
Paradise Lost John Milton Finally finished after eight months of reading. The first two months I barely read anything. It was only after I resolved myself to read ten minutes every morning that I starting making serious progress. Even so, epic poetry is hard to digest and difficult to read a lot in one sitting.

An entincing Romantic and the brightest star, Satan, in his arrogance, falls from Heaven and plans his revenge on God and Man.

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
  • Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n.
     - The Fiend
  • Then who created thee lamenting learn,/
    When who can uncreate thee thou shalt know..
     - Seraph Abdiel to the Adversary
Notable passages:
  • Milton justifies God (III, 80-134)
  • The Lamentation and Resolution 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


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ไนฆๅ ไฝœ่€… ๆ„Ÿๆƒณ ่ฏ„็บง
็‹‚ไบบๆ—ฅ่ฎฐ
(A Madmanโ€™s Diary)
้ฒ่ฟ…
(Lu Xun)
ย  ๆญฃๅœจ้˜…่ฏป
ไผผๆฐดๆตๅนด ็Ž‹ๅฐๆณข
(Wang Xiaobo)
ๅ™่ฟฐๆททไนฑๆœ‰่ถฃๅฆ‚็ฌฌไบŒๅไบŒๅ†›่ง„ใ€‚ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
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ย  ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
้ป„้‡‘ๆ—ถไปฃ
(The Golden Age)
็Ž‹ๅฐๆณข
ๅฅๅญๅฆ‚ๆตทๆ˜Žๅจใ€‚ไผŸๅคงๅ‹่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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