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A Collection of all the Books featured on the TV Show LOST and their references.

Updated: 2018-03-07T19:24:32.083+00:00


Haroun and the Sea of Stories


by Salman Rushdie
(image) Published: 1990
Episode: LA X

We see Desmond reading this book.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a 1990 children's book by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie's first novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an allegory for several problems existing in society today, especially in India and the Indian subcontinent. It looks at these problems from the viewpoint of the young protagonist Haroun. It is also interesting to note that Rushdie dedicated this book to his son, Zafar Rushdie, from whom he was separated for some time.

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Fear and Trembling


by Søren Kierkegaard
(image) Published: 1843
Episode: LA X

Found in a backpack in the cave outside the Temple. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")

Fear and Trembling (original Danish title: Frygt og Bæven) is an influential philosophical work by Søren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio (John the Silent). The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling."

Fear and Trembling presents a highly original and provocative interpretation of the Binding of Isaac story as told in Genesis Chapter 22, and uses the story as an occasion to discuss fundamental issues in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion, such as the nature of God and faith, faith's relationship with ethics and morality, and the difficulty of being authentically religious

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Everything That Rises Must Converge


by Flannery O'Connor
(image) Published: 1965
Episode: The Incident

Everything That Rises Must Converge is a collection of short stories written by Flannery O'Connor during her final illness. The title of the collection and of the short story is taken from a passage from the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.The collection was published posthumously in 1965. It includes an introduction by Robert Fitzgerald, and nine stories:

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A Separate Reality


by Carlos Castaneda
(image) Published: 1971
Episode: He's Our You

A Separate Reality is an allegedly non-fictional book written by anthropologist/author Carlos Castaneda in 1971 concerning the events that took place during an apprenticeship he claimed to have served with a self-proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, Don Juan Matus, between 1968 and 1971. The authenticity of the book, along with the rest of Castaneda's series, has been a topic of debate since they were published.

In the book Castaneda continues his description of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Don Juan, from which he had withdrawn in 1965. As in his previous book, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Castaneda describes the experiences he has with Don Juan while under the influence of the psychotropic plants that Don Juan offered him, peyote (Lophophora williamsii) and a smokable mixture of what Castaneda believed to be, among other plants, dried mushroom of the genus Psilocybe. The main focus of the book centered around Don Juan's attempts at getting Carlos to See, a practice best described as, in Castaneda's own words, "perceiving energy directly as it flows through the universe".

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Manservant and Maidservant


by Ivy Compton-Burnett
(image) Published: 1947
Episode: There's No Place Like Home

Reference: In the season 4 finale (There's No Place Like Home: pt.2/3), when Kate has a dream that someone is in Aaron's room (it turns out to be Claire), she grabs her gun that is laying on top of a book in her drawer.

At once the strangest and most marvelous of Ivy Compton-Burnett's fictions, Manservant and Maidservant has for its subject the domestic life of Horace Lamb, sadist, skinflint, and tyrant. But it is when Horace undergoes an altogether unforeseeable change of heart that the real difficulties begin. Is the repentant master a victim along with the former slave? And how can anyone endure the memory of the wrongs that have been done?" Says Edward Sackville-West about the book, 'Apart from physical violence and starvation, there is no feature of the totalitarian regime which has not its counterpart in the atrocious families depicted in these novels.

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The Survivors of the Chancellor


by Jules Verne
(image) Published: 1875
Episode: Ji Yeon

Reference: Regina was reading this outside the room where Sayid and Desmond were.
The Survivors of the Chancellor: Diary of J. R. Kazallon, Passenger (French: Le Chancellor: Journal du passager J.-R. Kazallon) is an 1875 novel written by Jules Verne about the final voyage of a British sailing vessel, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers (in the form of a diary).

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The Invention of Morel


by Adolfo Bioy Casares
(image) Published: 1940
Episode: Eggtown
Reference: The book Sawyer is reading

A fugitive hides on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. Tourists arrive afterward, and his fear of being discovered becomes a mixed emotion when he falls in love with one of them. He wants to tell her his feelings, but an inexplicable phenomenon keeps them apart.

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by Philip K Dick
(image) Published: 1981
Episode: Eggtown
Reference: a book that Locke takes to Ben from Ben's own bookshelf, also seen in The Other Woman

The main character in VALIS is Horselover Fat, an author surrogate. "Horselover" is English for the Greek word philippos (Φίλιππος), meaning "lover of horses" (from philo "brotherly or comradely love" and hippos "horse"); "Fat" is English for the German word "dick".

Even though the book is written in the first-person-autobiographical, for most of the book Dick treats himself and Fat as two separate characters; he describes conversations and arguments with Fat, and harshly if sympathetically criticizes his opinions and writings. The major subject of these dialogues is spirituality, as Dick/Fat is/are ostensibly obsessed with several religions and philosophies, including Christianity, Taoism, Gnosticism and even Jungian psychoanalysis, in the search for a cure for what he believes is simultaneously a personal and a cosmic wound. Near the end of the book the messianic figure, incarnated by the child Sophia (a name associated with Wisdom in many Gnostic texts), cures him (temporarily), and the narrator describes his surprise that Horselover Fat has suddenly disappeared from his side.

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Through the Looking Glass


By Lewis Carroll
(image) Published: 1871
Episode: Through the Looking Glass
Reference: Title of episode and reference to the the Looking Glass Station.

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There ( 1871) is a work of children's literatureby Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), generally categorized as literary nonsense. It is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, although it makes no reference to its events. In it, there are many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on.

Whereas the first book has the deck of cards as a theme, this book is loosely based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares. Most main characters met in the story are represented by a chess piece, with Alice herself being a pawn. However, the chess game described cannot be carried out legally due to a move where white doesn't move out of check (a list of moves is included - note that a young child might make this error due to inexperience). The looking-glass world is divided into sections by brooks, with the crossing of each brook usually signifying a notable change in the scene and action of the story: the brooks represent the divisions between squares on the chessboard, and Alice's crossing of them signifies advancing of her piece one square. The sequence of moves (white and red) is not always followed, which goes along with the book's mirror image reversal theme as noted by mathematician and author Martin Gardner

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By Joseph Heller
(image) Published: 1961
Episode: Catch-22
Reference: Book that the Parachutist had

Catch-22 is a satirical, historical fiction novel by the American author Joseph Heller, first published in 1961. The novel, set during the latter stages of the Second World War from 1943 onwards, is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the Twentieth Century.[2]

The novel follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier, and a number of other characters. Most events occur while the airmen of the Fighting 256th (or "two to the fighting eighth power") Squadron are based on the island of Pianosa, west of Italy. Many events in the book are repeatedly described from differing points of view, so the reader learns more about the event from each iteration. Furthermore, the events are referred to as if the reader already knows all about them. The pacing of Catch-22 is frenetic, its tenor intellectual, and its humor largely absurd, but interspersed with grisly moments of realism.

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Evil Under the Sun


By Agatha Christie
(image) Published: 1941
Episode: Exposé
Reference: Book Sawyer was reading when Nikki asked him for a gun

A quiet holiday at a secluded hotel in Cornwall is all that Poirot wants, but amongst his fellow guests is a beautiful and vain woman who, seemingly oblivious to her own husband’s feeling, revels in the attention of another woman’s husband. The scene is set for murder, but can the field of suspects really be as narrow as it first appears?
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The Fountainhead


By Ayn Rand.
(image) Published: 1943
Episode: Par Avion
Reference: Book Sawyer was reading

The Fountainhead examines the life of an idealistic young architect, Howard Roark, who prefers to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision by pandering to the prevailing taste in building design.
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Stranger in a Strange Land


By Robert A. Heinlein
(image) Published: 1961
Episode: Stranger in a Strange Land
Reference: Episode Title

It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians on Mars, as he returns to Earth in early adulthood. The novel explores his interaction with — and eventual transformation of — Earth culture. The title of the book is from the Biblical Book of Exodus..
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Laughter in the Dark


By Vladimir Nabokov
(image) Published: 1932
Episode: Flashes Before Your Eyes
Reference: Hurley was reading this in Sawyers tent

The book deals with the affection of a middle-aged man for a very young woman, resulting in a mutually parasitic relationship. In 1955, Nabokov used this theme again with Lolita to a much greater effect..
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A Brief History of Time


By Stephen Hawking
(image) Published: 1988
Episode: Not in Portland
Reference: Being read by a guard outside the brainwashing room

It attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theory, to the nonspecialist reader. Its main goal is to give an overview of the subject but, unusually for a popular science book, it also attempts to explain some complex mathematics..
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Of Mice and Men


By John Steinbeck
(image) Published: 1937
Episode: Every Man for Himself
Reference: Book seen in Episode 4

Of Mice and Men is a novella by John Steinbeck, first published in 1937, which tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two displaced Anglo migrant farm workers in California during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The story is set on a ranch few miles from Soledad in the Salinas Valley..
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A Tale of Two Cities


By Charles Dickens
(image) Published: 1859
Episode: A Tale of Two Cities
Reference: The title of the Season 3 premiere.

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame, redemption and patriotism. Dickens' primary source for this historical novel is Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution. The narrative is extraordinarily dependent upon correspondence as a medium for ensuring the flow of events, and while not an epistolary novel in the way that Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses is, nevertheless, it is immediately apparent that the flow of letters forms a driving center to much of the narrative development in this novel. The novel covers a period in history between 1775 and 1793, from the American Revolution until the middle period of the French Revolution..
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By Stephen King
(image) Published: 1974
Episode: A Tale of Two Cities, One of Us
Reference: The Others are reading this at the book club meeting.

Carrie (1974) was Stephen King's first published novel. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising power to hurt and horrify". It is one of the most frequently banned books in U.S. schools [1] and the film version was banned in Finland. Fans often see it as more of an emotionally touching story due to its portrayal of high school bullying and it has, at times, been a favorite amongst the Goth subculture. Much of the book is written in epistolary structure in the form of newspaper clippings, letters, excerpts from books, etc. Brian De Palma created a film version in 1976. This is one of the few adaptations of a Stephen King novel that the author himself appreciated..
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The Stand


By Stephen King
(image) Published: 1978
Episode: Maternity Leave
Reference: The false Henry Gale asks Locke if he has any Stephen King when he brings him a copy of The Brothers Karamazov to read. The producers have mentioned The Stand as a major influence on the series, according to Disk 7 of Lost: The Complete First Season DVDs

Following the apocalyptic collapse of society after the world is devastated by the "super-flu", a band of gritty survivors must battle not only the aftershocks of the calamity, but must also find a way to defeat a growing evil faction which wants to take over the decimated world. It is a world of horrors and what's even worse, it just might fall under the control of a man (?) that appears to be the devil personified. .
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Heart of Darkness


By Joseph Conrad
(image) Published: 1902
Episode: Walkabout, Numbers
Reference: Tell me something.. How come any time there's a hike into the heart of darkness, you sign up?" Jack to Kate. Walkabout.
"One minute you're happy go lucky good time Hurley, the next you're Colonel bloody Kurtz." Charlie to Hurley. Numbers.

It details an incident earlier in Marlow's life, a visit up what we can assume is the Congo River (although the name of the country Marlow is visiting is never specified in the text) to investigate the work of Kurtz, a Belgian trader in ivory in the Congo Free State..
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Our Mutual Friend


By Charles Dickens
(image) Published: 1864
Episode: Live Together, Die Alone
Reference: The last book Desmond will read before he dies.

Our Mutual Friend (1864–5) is the last completed novel written by Charles Dickens. It centers on, in the words of critic J. Hillis Miller, "money, money, money, and what money can make of life".
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Are you there God? It's me, Margaret.


By Judy Blume
(image) Published: 1977
Episode: The Whole Truth
Reference: Sawyer is reading when Sun asks for the pregnancy test.

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (1970) by Judy Blume, typically categorized as a novel for young adults, is about a preteen girl who grew up with no religion. Margaret has one Christian and one Jewish parent, and the novel explores her quest for a single religion..
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By Walker Percy
(image) Published: 1977
Episode: Maternity Leave
Reference: As Kate approaches Sawyer in Maternity Leave you can see him reading it.

Lancelot Lamar is a disenchanted lawyer who finds himself confined in a mental asylum with memories that don't seem worth remembering. It all began the day he accidentally discovered he was not the father of his youngest daughter, a discovery which sent Lancelot on modern quest to reverse the degeneration of America. Percy's novel reveals a shining knight for the modern age--a knight not of romance, but of revenge..
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The Brothers Karamazov


By Fyordor Dostoevsky
(image) Published: 1880
Episode: Maternity Leave
Reference: Locke gives it to Henry Gale to read in Maternity Leave.

The book is written on two levels: on the surface it is the story of a patricide in which all of the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity but, on a deeper level, it is a spiritual drama of the moral struggles between faith, doubt, reason, and free will. The novel was composed mostly in Staraya Russa, which is also the main setting of the book..
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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge


By Ambrose Bierce
(image) Published: 1897
Episode: The Long Con
Reference: One of the books Locke shakes when he is alphebetising the hatch books.

Outline: Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer sentenced to death by hanging at the Owl Creek Bridge of the title. His crime was that he attempted to burn that same bridge down before Union soldiers got a chance to cross it.When he is hanged the rope breaks and the main character falls into the water, from which he begins a journey back to his home. .
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