Olympic athletes are a universally impressive group, achieving feats of amazing speed, strength, and grace. They are justly lauded with the opening ceremonies, medals, and some really fine commercials (most notably AT&T’s visual treat I swam here). But for those of us more practiced in reading than physical prowess, where can we obtain that let’s do this feeling of great achievement? In books, of course. Stretch out your fingers, adjust your reading lamp, put the Rocky theme on repeat, and psych your self up for the ultimate reading challenge.
Gold Medal: In Search of Lost Time (Volumes 1-6) by Marcel Proust (start with the Lydia Davis translation of Swann’s Way) (Penguin)
Silver Medal: Ulysses by James Joyce (Penguin)
Bronze Medal: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolfe (Harvest)
Medal Round: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (Little Brown)
Olympic Trials: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (read the edition translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Vintage)
(For additional volumes, see last week’s Olympic Reading list.)