Riley's Favourite Books
"Infinite Jest" (David Foster Wallace)
If you read this book, it will change your life. Over a thousand pages long and as difficult as it is rewarding. The Pulp Fiction and Bohemian Rhapsody of fiction. The best book that has ever and will ever be written.
The Old Man And The Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
Everyone wishes that they had Santiago as their own grandfather. I might be biased with my life on the water but I don’t think they come much better than this. Short and very easy to read, not many big words and put together seamlessly.
Hunger by Knut Hamsen:
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
This novella regularly makes top 100 lists of all time. It is an allegory comparing Stalin and the politics of that era to farmyard animals, ingenious in its simplicity.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
This is a thin psychology book that comprises a series of case studies into the effects of lesions on peoples brains. One gentleman literally mistakes his wife for a hat.
Like many of the other books in this group it was imitated by future authors.