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World Message of Peace

It is bright sunshine at “the Brighton Beach” of Montreal, a good Summer town, amidst beautiful weather and beautiful architecture we write at Tea at Tympani Lane Records. We are settling in at our new big, sunshine apartment exploring the area and welcoming the new day. Wild blueberries will be in at the Market soon, we are hoping to make some pies and blueberry preserves. We have just published Grandmother's Garden: my grandmother's recipes and are hoping to publish another great New Age Book of Poetry, Harlequins and Angels in August. I am planning to take photos around the new area I am living for Cover Photos for books of poetry and for the masthead of Subterranean Blue Poetry. Poetry is writing ..

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.”
- Ernest Hemingway (Author)

“When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.”
- Elvis Presley (Movie Star, Singer, Entertainer)

“Some books have us free and some books make us free.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (Inventor)

It is a hot Summer day, the entire end of Summer stretches out in front of you like a magical cabochon on a beach by water, what better to do than pick up a good book and lose yourself inside an engaging storyline, the thicker the book the better (and a big bag of candy and a glass of cold lemonade too).

These books, poems and plays are some of the more interesting reads I have come across, it is a top 100 list plus a few more. I consumed books like candy from an early age, beginning with reading all the fairytales at the public library in kindergarten and the first years of school to reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas in public school, and exploring books that were around the house as a young adult, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen, The Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, after reading a wide swath of most of the classics I began reading popular literature, if it stuck with me I listed it but for the most part it is the classics and the gems that I remember:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (some of this, I thought it was brilliantly written)

Music for Chameleons and “anything” by Truman Capote

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

Women Writers of Traditional China by ed. Kang-I Sun Chang and Haun Saussy (I have read a good sample of)

Collected Poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca (I have read a good sample of)

Stranger Music and “anything” by Leonard Cohen

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

To the Lighthouse and "anything" by Virginia Woolf

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing (helped keep me warm in my early 20’s)

Shikasta and “anything” in the Canopus in Argos: Archives Series by Doris Lessing

Collected Works of Robert Frost

“St. Agnes Eve” by John Keats

“Mary Queen of Scot’s Lament, on the Coming of Spring” by Robbie Burns

“The Lotus Eaters” by Alfred Lloyd Tennyson

The Overcoat by Nicolas Gogol

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Fairytales (The Book of Yellow, The Book of Red, The Book of Blue) by R.D. Laing

Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Holy Bible (have read most of Old and New Testament)

Crime and Punishment by Fiodor Dostoyevsky

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Generation X by Douglas Coupland

Behind the Pen by Melinda Cochrane

She’s an Island Poet and “anything” by Melinda Cochrane

The Silence Before the Whisper Comes by Bruce Kauffman

a seed within and “anything” by Bruce Kauffman

Stolen Kisses, Starlit Caresses: a journey by Kay Kinghammer

How the Light is Spent by Gail Sidonie Sobat

Through Gateways and Wells Refuge and Refugee by Mahasty Eslahy

Lilacs in the Snow: A Novel by A.K. Henderson

Stepping Out by Lila Hope-Simpson

Strings by Gina Nemo

A Life Divided by Mike Strul

The Sense of Sonnclere by Ivee Olivares

The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright

Ballad of the Sea Lion Woman: And Other SteamPunk Poems by Halli Lilburn

Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Edible Woman and “anything” by Margaret Atwood (kept me warm in my early 20’s)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat’s Cradle and “anything” by Kurt Vonnegut (kept me warm in my early 20’s)

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

The Diviners and "anything" in the Manawaka series by Margaret Laurence

The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munroe

Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand by George Sand

Silence and Landscape by Harold Pinter

The Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (a sampling)

Beowulf by Anonymous

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg

Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery and "anything" by Starhawk

“Music” by Anna Akhmatova

“The Dream of Winter Night” by Bella Akhmudalina

Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (read some of this, my favourite movie)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Brave New World by Alduous Huxley

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

The Colossus and “anything” by Sylvia Plath

Endgame: a play by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Laurence

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Pelagie by Antonine Maillet

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (I vaguely remember this one)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Anna Karenin by Leo Niklayevich Tolstoy

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier

Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy

Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

In the Skin of a Lion and "almost anything" by Michael Ondaatje

“The Cinnamon Peeler” by Michael Ondaatje

A Casual Brutality by Neil Bissoondath

Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

La Belle Bete by Marie-Claire Blais

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse (I have tried to read this twice, at the same place about 2/3 of the way through I lose interest and put it down)

Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Kamouraska by Anne Hebert

Children of the Black Sabbath by Anne Hebert

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Ulysses by James Joyce (I only read parts of this one)

Ad-Nauseum by Jean Paul Sartre

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

Smiley’s People and “almost anything” by John Le Carre

Dune series by Frank Hebert (I read most of these)

The Garden Party by Vacslav Havel

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Island of the Blue Dolphin by V.S. Naipaul

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Evangeline by Henry W. Longfellow

The Donelleys: A Trilogy by James Reaney

Salem’s Lot and "almost anything" by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

The Other by Thomas Tryon

Harvest Home and “anything” by Thomas Tryon

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsburg (I read parts of this one)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung

The Divided Self by R.D. Laing

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct by Thomas Szasz

Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Picture of Dorian Gray and "anything" by Oscar Wilde

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

"You, Doctor Martin" and "anything" by Anne Sexton

"Fire Station" and "anything" by Charles Bukowski

"Anything" by Evelyn Lau (I have read one or two poems, she is a very impressive Poet)

The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie

La Guerre, Yes Sir! by Roche Carrier

“Anything” by Thomas Merton (vaguely read something I think called "The Black Rose")

In the Name of the Rose by Emberto Eco

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Airs Above the Ground and "almost anything" by Mary Stewart

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills and "anything" in the “Merlin Trilogy” by Mary Stewart

Hawaii and "almost anything" by James Michener

Julian by Gore Vidal

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Antigone by Sophocles

Electra by Sophocles

The Medea by Euripides

Helen by Euripides

Hecuba/Andromache/The Trojan Women/Ion by Euripides

Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller

The Lord of the Rings by J.J.R. Tolkein

The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner

Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (I read most of them)

"anything" by Robert Priest

“Because I Never Learned” and “anything” by Patrick Lane

“anything” by P.K. Page

Fugitive Pieces and “anything” by Anne Michaels

“anything” by Roo Borson

The Green Word: Selected Poems and “anything” by Erin Moure

“from Hark: a journal” and “anything” by rob maclennan

There is a huge library of fiction books, plays and poetry, growing increasingly with new offerings of The Arts Economy Age of the Internet Era. There are many books that deserve to be on this list but I have just not had them across my desk yet. I have read voraciously, perhaps hundreds of books if not more, it is probably a good idea to keep a reading list, this is a list I have pulled from memory, of the best of books. Often I have read more than one book by that author but this is the one that stuck in my memory and it is also a favourite author list. And there are more great reads out there “all the books and time”. Happy reading and Happy Summer!



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