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BOOKS To Read From The 60s LIST#2

The Sixties, refers to the “cultural decade” to describe the evolution of the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, formalities, and schooling. There were wars, football games, new discoveries, significant events in music and man went to moon. 

With all this happening there were many writers who were writing books, in solitude. Without caring much of what was happening in the world, they were creating a world of their own, and for us readers.

A list of books from “The Sixties”, many of the titles are still well read today.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, 1960

To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and is one of the well read books today.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961

Catch 22 has been so adopted by popular culture that it has become its own phrase in common literature. A phrase meaning a no-win scenario, either because of contradictions or difficulties within a situation.

One who flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, 1962

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is metaphor. is about non-conformity. But it is also about the horrors of the mental health system circa the late ‘50s & early ‘60s.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963

Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964

The title itself is reminder of the sweet childhood memory. This book is about a starving boy who wins a tour of the world’s most fantastic chocolate factory from the world’s most eccentric chocolatier.

Dune by Frank Hebert, 1965

The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology & human emotion. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.

Wide Saragasso Sea by Jean Rhys, 1966

In Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys brilliantly and imaginatively constructs the girlhood and marriage of Antoinette Bertha Cosway, the mysterious madwoman in Jane Eyre.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967

One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 1968

Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books.

The Godfather by Mario Puzzo, 1969

A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones. With its themes of the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and family allegiance, it resonated with millions of readers across the world and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness.

What are your favorite book(s) from the Sixties?

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27 thoughts on “BOOKS To Read From The 60s LIST#2”

  1. I have all but two (Wide Sargasso Sea, and One Hundred Years of Solitude) mentioned above. There are so many more books that still resonate today: Herzog/Bellow; A Movable Feast/Hemingway; The Shoes of the Fisherman/West; The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test/Wolfe; A Clockwork Orange/Burgess; and, let us not forget, In Cold Blood/Capote. Some of our best books, in my opinion, are from that decade. Thanks for the blast from the past that was so great that nothing since has ever come close.

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  2. Great choices! I’m pleased to say I’ve read–and enjoyed or appreciated–all of these. I would add Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time to your list; published in 1962, I think it charted bold territory for girls in fantasy and sci fi fiction.

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  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favourite books of all time but have to say The Godfather has special place for me because it’s the first adult book I loaned out of the library.

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  4. Great list Aman! I’ve only read two books from your list- To kill a Mockingbird and The GodFather.
    My favorite books from the sixties have to be Chinua Achebe’s: No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God and A Man of the People

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  5. great list – To Kill a Mockingbird is one I reread every few years. I’m going to save this post to repost on Library of Cats soon. Will link back to you when I do. I do need to put all of these books on my to-read list!

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  6. I was in my mid-twenties when I read Catch 22 (published the year I was born). I was blown away. I had never read a book like it and was thrilled that there was a whole other direction in literature to explore.

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