Hello, readers! Welcome to another #5OnMyTBR update. The rule is relatively simple. I just have to pick five books from my to-be-read pile that fit the week’s theme.
This week’s theme: Published before 2000
This one should be easy. HAHA. Several books on my reading list were published before 2000. I have a long list to choose from, considering that I am a backlist type of reader. Without more ado, here are books on my TBR list published before 2000.
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Title: Song of Solomon
Author: Toni Morrison
Publishing Date: 1987
No. of Pages: 337
Synopsis: Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world. (Source: Goodreads)
Title: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
Author: Fannie Flagg
Publishing Date: 1999
No. of Pages: 467
Synopsis: Sweeping from the gentler confines of the late 1940s small town America to the tough side of the New York media circus in the ‘70s, Fannie Flagg’s new novel mines golden seams of goodness and gritty determination, prejudice and despair, love and survival, in the story of a young TV interviewer, Dena Nordstrom, whose future looks full of promise, whose present is an emotional mess, and whose past is marked by mystery.
Title: The Law of Love
Author: Laura Esquivel
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.
Publishing Date: 1996
No. of Pages: 266
Synopsis: The story is set in Mexico City three centuries hence when humanity was discovered that everyone goes through 14,000 reincarnations in order to achieve a perfect fusion with their twin soul (the ultimate goal of life). Our heroine, Azucena, is an astroanalyst, a sort of highly evolved psychotherapist who, with the help of her Guardian Angel, ministers to the karmically challenged using the power of music to reacquaint her patients with their past lives. As an astroanalyst and an enlightened soul, Azucena has finally been allowed to meet her twin soul, her true love, Rodrigo. But after only one night of supreme passion, the lovers are separated, and Azucena must search of Rodrigo across the galaxy and through 14,000 past lives. She encounters many obstacles and adventures in her search, inadvertently getting involved in a plot by a fraudulent reincarnation of Mother Teresa who wishes to use her false identity to become President of the Planet. Azucena is forced to expose the fraud and replace the capstone on the Temple of Love, destroyed when Cortes conquered Tenochtitlan, which will restore harmony to the galaxy.
Title: The Rose And The Yew Tree
Author: Mary Westmacott (pseudonym of Agatha Christie)
Publisher: Jove Books
Publishing Date: 1988
No. of Pages: 189
Synopsis: Isabella Charteris – lovely, slender, serene as a medieval saint. The princess of Castle St. Loo, gently groomed for her shining knight and bright, untouched future of privilege.
John Gabriel – decorated hero, vulgar opportunist. That he should appear in her life at all spoke of the final chaos of war.
For Isabella, the price of love meant abandoning a dream forever. For Gabriel, it would destroy the only chance ambition would ever offer. What drew them together was something deeper than love.
Title: Sons and Lovers
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publishing Date: 1998
No. of Pages: 474
Synopsis: Lawrence’s first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly-knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children’s lives. Their second son, Paul, knows that he must struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents’ failure.
Lawrence’s powerful description of Paul’s single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women – the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes – makes this novel as much for the beginning of the twenty first century as it was for the beginning of the twentieth.
Title: The Mandelbaum Gate
Author: Muriel Spark
Publisher: Macmillan and Company Limited
Publishing Date: 1965
No. of Pages: 330
Synopsis: In the British Consulate in Israel’s Jerusalem is Freddy Hamilton, given to the composition of formal verses, and long evasive letters to his aged mother ‘Dearest Ma…’. Kindly, celibate, hater of emotional scenes, but ultimately no sort of fool, he comes across a young Englishwoman on a visit and appoints himself her friend and protector. His fears for her safety are well-founded.
Barbara Vaughan has come to the divided city of Jerusalem, resounding in her own ambivalence. Half English ‘county’, half London Jewish, a Catholic convert, she is in pursuit of her fiancé, a Dead Sea scrolls archaeologist, and in flight from her oldest friend, a fellow schoolmistress. She insists, in spite of Freddy’s warnings that her Jewish blood will endanger her life, on combining her holiday of hide-and-seek with a pilgrimage to the Holy Places in Jordan’s Jerusalem.
The pilgrimage becomes one of flight, rout, disguise, pursuit, abduction, murder, espionage. A marvelous supporting cast brings out the best and worst in heroine and hero, as they are plunged from high comedy to low tragedy and back, on a switchback of suspense and drama.
Title: Rites of Passage
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited
Publishing Date: 1981
No. of Pages: 278
Synopsis: An ancient ship of the line converted to general purposes is making her way from the South of England to Australia. She carries a few guns, some cargo, some animals, some seamen, some soldiers, some emigrants and a few ladies and gentlemen. There is a clergyman of the Church of England. There is Wilmot Brocklebank, lithographer, marine artist and portrait painter. There is a young army officer.
Representing the higher echelons of administration is young Mr Talbot, setting out with utmost confidence towards a distinguished career. But the voyage teaches him some unexpected things. It affords him more opportunities for observing the ceremonies that mark a progress through life – more chances for a mixture of acute observation and sheer misjudgment – than he could possibly record in his journal; though, for his godfather’s entertainment, he tries his best. Though Talbot is mistaken in Deverel, instructed by Mr Summers, seduced by Miss Brocklebank, and shocked by Miss Graham, he finds it unnecessary in the event to keep an eye on Mr Prettiman. But it is a sadder and more responsible man who learns from the Reverend Robert James Colley what a bitter taste there is to remorse when it is unavailing.
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence
Publishing Date: March 1994
No. of Pages: 205
Synopsis: A fourth-generation German-American now living in easy circumstances on Cape Cod (and smoking too much), who, as an American infantry scout hors de combat, as a prisoner of war, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, “the Florence of the Elbe,” a long time ago, and survived to tell the tale. This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the Planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. Peace.
Title: Death of a Salesman
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing Date: 1976
No. of Pages: 139
Synopsis: Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity – and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.