Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bildungsroman



As everyone who writes a blog, I have lots of tags that describe certain parts of the books I read. They might just say where the book comes from or takes place. Or I might include that the author received a certain prize, the book talks about history, children, religion, politics.

One of the tags I use are the "Bildungsroman". As a German, I do understand the word but I doubt every German could immediately tell you what this book is about. According to Wikipedia, a "Bildungsroman" is a novel of formation, novel of education, or coming-of-age story. That's exactly what the word "Bildung" describes.

I have read quite a few books by now that fall under that category and I think they all tell us a lot about the time and culture in question. So, I'd like to read more in future and will add books to the list.

I've seen several lists online and will just start with my own. I usually prefer to have lists in alphabetical order but I can see that a timeline is not a bad idea, either. So, I will list the books I read so far in alphabetical order followed by a chronological one with any of the books that come to mind.

Alcott, Louisa May "Little Women" - 1868-86
Anonymous "Lazarillo de Tormes" (Spanish: La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades) - 1554
Brontë, Charlotte "Jane Eyre" - 1847
Cervantes, Miguel de "Don Quixote, vols. 1 and 2" (Spanish: El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha) - 1605/1615
Dickens, Charles "Great Expectations" - 1861
Gaarder, Jostein "Sophie's World" (Norwegian: Sofies verden) - 1991
Giordano, Paolo "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" - 2008
Green, John "The Fault in Our Stars" - 2012
Hesse, Hermann "Siddhartha: An Indian Poem" (German: Siddhartha) - 1922
Hornby, Nick "About a boy" - 1998
Hosseini, Khaled "The Kite Runner" - 2003
Joyce, James "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - 1916
Kidd, Sue Monk "The Secret Life of Bees" - 2002
Lee, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird" - 1960
Mann, Thomas "The Magic Mountain" (German: Der Zauberberg) - 1924
Mitchell, Margaret "Gone With the Wind" - 1936
Murakami, Haruki "Norwegian Wood" (Japanese: Noruwei no mori, ノルウェイの森) - 1987
Nadolny, Sten "The Discovery of Slowness" (German: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) - 1983
Roth, Philip "The Ghost Writer" - 1979
- "Zuckerman Unbound" - 1981
Rowling, J.K. "Harry Potter" Series - 1997-2007
Salinger, J. D. "Catcher in the Rye" - 1951
Satrapi, Marjane "Persepolis. The Story of a Childhood" (French: Persepolis. Vol. 1) - 2000
- "Persepolis. The Story of a Return" (French: Persepolis. Vol. 2) - 2000

Smith, Betth "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1943
Sterne, Laurence "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" - 1759-67
Stendhal "The Red and The Black" - 1830
Şafak, Elif "Three Daughters of Eve" (Havva'nın Üç Kızı/Der Geruch des Paradieses) - 2016
Tartt, Donna "The Goldfinch" - 2013

Twain, Mark "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - 1876
- "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - 1884

Webster, Jean "Daddy Longlegs" - 1912
Zusak, Markus "The Book Thief" - 2005

History
Tufail, Ibn "Hayy ibn Yaqdhan" (12th century), a precursor of the genre
Eschenbach, Wolfram "Parzival", early 13th century
Anonymous "Lazarillo de Tormes" (Spanish: La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades) - 1554

17th century
Cervantes, Miguel de "Don Quixote, vols. 1 and 2" (Spanish: El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha) - 1605/1615
Fénelon, François "The Adventures of Telemachus - 1699

18th century

Fielding, Henry "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" - 1749
Voltaire "Candide" - 1759
Sterne, Laurence "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" - 1759-67
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques "Emile, or On Education (French: Émile, ou De l’éducation) - 1763
Moritz, Karl Philipp "Anton Reiser" (German: Anton Reiser) - 1785-90
Wieland, Christoph Martin "History of Agathon" (German: Geschichte des Agathon) 1766-67 often regarded as the first Bildungsroman
Goethe, Johann Wolfang von "Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship" (German: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre) - 1795-96

19th century
Stendhal "The Red and The Black" - 1830
Pushkin, Alexander "The Captain's Daughter" - 1836
Brontë, Charlotte "Jane Eyre" - 1847
Thackeray, William Makepeace "Pendennis" - 1848-50
Dickens, Charles "David Copperfield" - 1850
Keller, Gottfried "Green Henry" (German: Der grüne Heinrich) - 1854-55
Barrett Browning, Elizabeth "Aurora Leigh" 1856
Stifter, Adalbert "Indian Summer" (German: Der Nachsommer) - 1857
Dickens, Charles "Great Expectations" - 1861
Alcott, Louisa May "Little Women" - 1868-86
Flaubert, Gustave "Sentimental Education" - 1869
Twain, Mark "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - 1876Smith, Betth "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1943
Schreiner, Olive "The Story of an African Farm" - 1884
Twain, Mark "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" - 1884
Raabe, Wilhelm "A Sea and Murder Story" (German: Stopfkuchen. Eine See- und Mordgeschichte) - 1891
Prus, Bolesław "Pharaoh" - 1895
James, Henry "What Maisie Knew - 1897

20th century
Musil, Robert "The Confusions of Young Törless" - 1906
Montgomery, L.M. "Anne of Green Gables" - 1908
London, Jack "Martin Eden" - 1909
Rihani, Ameen "The Book of Khalid" - 1911
Webster, Jean "Daddy Longlegs" - 1912
 Alain-Fournier "The Lost Estate" (French: Le Grand Meaulnes) - 1913
Lawrence, D.H. "Sons and Lovers" - 1913
Somerset Maugham, W "Of Human Bondage" - 1915
Joyce, James "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" - 1916
Hesse, Hermann "Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth" (German: Demian) - 1919
Scott Fitzgerald, F. "This Side of Paradise" - 1920
Hesse, Hermann "Siddhartha: An Indian Poem" (German: Siddhartha) - 1922
Mann, Thomas "The Magic Mountain" (German: Der Zauberberg) - 1924
Peters, Friedrich Ernst "Heine Steenhagen.The Story of an amibitious man" (German: Heine Steenhagen wöll ju dat wiesen! Die Geschichte eines Ehrgeizigen) - 1925
Bandopadhyay, Bibhutibhushan " Pather Panchali. Son of the Road" (Bengali: Pather Panchali) - 1929
Mitchell, Margaret "Gone With the Wind" - 1936
Neale Hurston, Zora "Their Eyes Were Watching God" - 1936
Wright, Richard "Native Son" - 1940
Forbes, Esther "Johnny Tremain" - 1943
Smith, Betth "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1943
Smith, Dodie "I Capture the Castle" - 1948
Salinger, J. D. "Catcher in the Rye" - 1951
Ellison, Ralph "Invisible Man" - 1952
Lewis, C.S. "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" - 1952
Lamming, George "In the Castle of My Skin" - 1953
Mann, Thomas "Confessions of Felix Kurll" (German: Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull) - 1954
Knowles, John "A Separate Peace" - 1959
Roth, Philip "Goodbye, Columbus" - 1959
Lee, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird" - 1960
Herbert, Frank "Dune" - 1965
Hinton, S. E. "The Outsiders" - 1967
Le Guin, Ursula K. "A Wizard of Earthsea" - 1968
Anaya, Rudolfo "Bless Me, Ultima" - 1972
Handke, Peter "Short Letter, Long Farewell" (German: Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied) - 1972
Roth, Philip "The Ghost Writer" - 1979
Roth, Philip "Zuckerman Unbound" - 1981
Nadolny, Sten "The Discovery of Slowness" (German: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit) - 1983
Swift, Graham "Waterland" - 1983
McInerney, Jay "Bright Lights, Big City" - 1984
Scott Card, Orson "Ender's Game" - 1985
Winterson, Jeanette "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" - 1985
Murakami, Haruki "Norwegian Wood" (Japanese: Noruwei no mori, ノルウェイの森) - 1987
Lowry, Lois "Number the Stars" - 1989
Gaarder, Jostein "Sophie's World" (Norwegian: Sofies verden) - 1991
Ackroyd, Peter "English Music" - 1992
Kracht, Christian "Faserland" (German: Faserland) - 1995
Rowling, J.K. "Harry Potter" Series - 1997-2007
Hornby, Nick "About a boy" - 1998
Houellebecq, Michel "Atomised" (French: Les Particules Élémentaires) - 1998
Chbosky, Stephen "The Perks of Being a Wallflower - 1999
Satrapi, Marjane "Persepolis. The Story of a Childhood" (French: Persepolis. Vol. 1) - 2000
Satrapi, Marjane "Persepolis. The Story of a Return" (French: Persepolis. Vol. 2) - 2000

21st century
Kidd, Sue Monk "The Secret Life of Bees" - 2002
Hosseini, Khaled "The Kite Runner" - 2003
Lethem, Jonathan "The Fortress of Solitude" - 2003
Thompson, Craig "Blankets" - 2003
Ishiguro, Kazuo "Never Let Me Go" (Japanese: Watashi o Hanasanaide, わたしを離さないで) - 2005
Kunkel, Benjamin "Indecision" - 2005
Zusak, Markus "The Book Thief" - 2005
Anderer, Hannes (Jean Firges) "On the way to Melusine" (German: Unterwegs zu Melusine) - 2006
Green, John "Looking for Alaska" - 2006
Lowry, Lois "The Giver" - 2006
Mitchell, David "Black Swan Green" - 2006
Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" - 2006
Alexie, Sherman "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" - 2007
Dunthorne, Joe "Submarine" - 2008
Giordano, Paolo "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" - 2008
Roth, Philip "Indignation" - 2008
Winton, Tim "Breath" - 2008
Murray, Paul "Skippy Dies" - 2010
Brunt, Carol Rifka "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" - 2012
Green, John "The Fault in Our Stars" - 2012
Tartt, Donna "The Goldfinch" - 2013
Largent, Daryl "James the Third" - 2016


If I strikethrough a title, it means the book has not been translated into English.

2 comments:

  1. Why are lists so much fun to make and to read? I am amazed to see how many of these I have read. I guess I like a Bildungsroman as much as anyone. One of my reading groups is reading Great Expectations next month. I may or may not reread but we are reading it because of another fine bildungsroman read a couple months ago: Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones, set near Papua, New Guinea and a tribute to the Dickens novel, which plays a major part in the story. http://keepthewisdom.blogspot.com/2016/04/mister-pip.html

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    1. Ooooh, that sounds quite interesting. I'm usually not a fan of "follow-ups", "fandom" books, whatever you want to call it but if you like it, I'll put it on my wishlist.

      Same as you, I was quite surprised how many books I have read that fall under thsi category, that's why I just had to do the list. Don't you think making a list is just as much fun as reading them? ;)

      Have a great day, talk to you soon,
      Marianne

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