As an author with an uncanny instinct for dialogue, it was inevitable that Benioff would find himself drawn to screenwriting, adapting his own books, such as
The 25 (for Spike Lee) but also the works of others, like Khaled Hosseini’s th Hour The Kite Runner. But it is in television that Benioff has really found his métier, as the co-creator and show-runner for HBO’s all-conquering Game of Thrones.
Below are David Benioff’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually. See the full list...
The Holy Bible
Sure, it’s uneven. For every Book of Job there’s a Book of Leviticus, featuring some of the most boring prose ever written. But if you were stranded on a desert island, what book would better reward long study? And has there ever been a more beautiful distillation of existential philosophy than the Book of Ecclesiastes? Excluding those bizarre final verses, which seem to have been tacked on long after the book’s original composition, by priests nervous about the subversive message.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Yes, a few of the lines are easy to mock (“I love thee and thou art so lovely and so wonderful and so beautiful and it does such things to me to be with thee that I feel as though I wanted to die when I am loving thee.”) Yes, the constant use of “thee” is grating. But my love for this novel isn’t rational. I have no interest in defending it. I loved it from first to last. No final page has ever left me as shattered as this one.
The Collected Poetry of W.B. Yeats
William Butler Yeats
Despite his dodgy politics, Yeats remains an inspiration for his genius and the simple fact that the older he got, the better he wrote. “The Circus Animals’ Desertion” and “Politics”, both written while he was in his seventies, are some of the most memorable poems in the language: Now that my ladder’s gone / I must lie down where all the ladders start / In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart. Top that, young bastards.
$180.53 The Fire Next Time
$300.80 Birds of America
$161.92 The Man Who Was Thursday
G. K. Chesterton
$204.87 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
$168.95 Cosmic Trigger
Robert Anton Wilson
$156.93 Fifth Business
$171.79 The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
$168.90 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
$160.64 Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
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