Kfir Luzzatto’s Top 10 Favorite Books, and Why
1. The Trial, by Franz Kafka – because of the genius that emanates from every page, dialogue and situation in the book.
2. I, Claudius, by Robert Graves – because the people and struggles of the time come alive in this book like nowhere else.
3. Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, by P. G. Wodehouse – because it is the funniest, wittiest and most enjoyable book I ever read, the dialogue is simply outstanding and the prose is perfect.
4. The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham – because of the vision of a possible, haunting future, which is all the scarier because it is based on human nature, and not so different from the present we witness in some parts of the globe.
5. Memoirs Of A Geisha, by Arthur Golden – because Golden managed to make me care for the protagonist, and to keep reading on, in spite of the long and winding descriptions that should have made me stop reading after page 50.
6. Fluke, by James Herbert – because of the naïve, but still great idea behind the book, coupled with Herbert’s great prose, which leave you wanting for more.
7. Not Quite Dead Enough, by Rex Stout – because Archie Goldwin and Nero Wolfe make an irresistible, odd couple and the plot is brilliant.
8. Aztec, by Gary Jennings – because midway through the book I found myself surprisingly identified with a man from a totally different, strange and violent culture, and taken again and again back in time.
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams – because it is crammed with the most original and funny, irreverent ideas about human beings, and is utterly and unrelentingly absurd.
10. Ubik, by Philip K. Dick – because I couldn’t put it down, so I skipped a night’s sleep and read through to the last page.
Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.
Novels: Crossing the Meadow (2003); The Odyssey Gene (2006); The Evelyn Project (2012); Have Book – Will Travel (2012 – with Yonatan Luzzatto); An Italian Obsession (2012).
Short Story Collections: His Darker Side (2002-2011); His Lighter Side (2002-2011).
Non-Fiction: The World of Patents (2002)
The dormitory resembled a noisy beehive when I got there. Almost everybody had already returned from vacation and the boys exchanged pleasant memories and jokes. It surprised me that I was happy to see them; but, somehow, it felt like home and they had become a much closer family to me than my own flesh and blood. At least, they shared my predicament.
I dropped my bags on the bed and stood still to watch the commotion in the dormitory, trying to gather pieces of information from snatched bits of conversation shouted across the room or whispered privately. Everybody seemed to know what was going on but me, and I felt excluded.