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    Here Is The List Of Books Characters Read In "The White Lotus"

    If you were trying to figure out what they were reading, look no further.

    If you're a bookworm who binged The White Lotus on HBO recently, you probably (definitely) noticed the amount of reading material these characters brought with them to Hawaii. Don't worry if you didn't catch all the titles — I have them all listed here for you to peruse below!

    Olivia and Paula read poolside

    The Portable Nietzsche

    by Friedrich Nietzsche

    It comes as no surprise that Paula and Olivia are the ones reading the more philosophical, scholarly, and feminist texts, but we open with Olivia reading The Portable Nietzsche by the renowned philosopher. Translated by Walter Kaufmann, this unabridged text includes Nietzsche's four major works chronologically: "Twilight of the Idols," "The Antichrist," "Nietzsche Contra Wagner," and "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." Included is also notes and letters, which Kaufmann uses to paint a picture of Nietzsche's compilations.

    The Interpretation of Dreams

    by Sigmund Freud

    On the right, we have Paula, who begins her vacation reading The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. The text explores what dreams mean and why they may be linked to our psychological lives. Freud analyzes many types of dreams, examines them, and explores their psychology in order to provide unique insight and commentary on ourselves.

    Rachel reads poolside in chaise

    My Brilliant Friend

    by Elena Ferrante

    In the beginning (and throughout the series), Rachel is seen reading one book: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Set in 1950s Naples, the book follows Elena Greco and her best friend, Lila Cerrullo, as they grow throughout their childhood and into adulthood together, navigating life's complexities and their own transformative friendship.

    Olivia and Paula read poolside in two chaises, books over their faces

    Sexual Personae

    by Camille Paglia

    Further along on their vacation, Olivia and Paula are seen reading different books, which Shane eventually calls them out for. Olivia reads the work of art critic Camille Paglia, known for her critiques on feminism. Her text covers the sexual decadence in Western literature, exploring provocative connections between art and pagan ritual.

    The Wretched of the Earth

    by Frantz Fanon

    Paula is seen reading Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. First published in 1961, this text explores civil rights, anti-colonialism, and the psychology of the colonized as well as their path to liberation. Fanon delves deep into the frustration felt by colonized peoples and how violence spurred historical change.

    Shane talks to Rachel in their hotel room holding a copy of Blink


    by Malcolm Gladwell

    Shane is seen reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell throughout the entirety of his stay at The White Lotus. A book that explores "how we think without thinking," Gladwell's insights analyze how simple decisions are more complex than they may seem. (Which lends to a really interesting character analysis if you've already watched the ending.) By introducing keen decision makers who have perfected "thin-slicking filtering," this text further explores that great decision makers don't necessarily spend the most time deliberating over an outcome.

    Birds eye view of the floor as Paula digs through her bag setting Gender Trouble to the side

    Gender Trouble

    by Judith Butler

    In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, Paula pulls another feminist text out of her bag: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler. In this 1999 contemporary feminist text (which has often been called both scholarly and dense), Butler explores the concept that sex and gender are a social performance.

    Olivia and Paula read in the airport

    Discourse on Colonialism

    by Aimé Césaire

    Nearing the end of the show, Paula and Olivia are seen yet again reading a different set of texts. Paula is wrapped up in Discourse on Colonialism, first published in 1955. This text tackles the critical insights of anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist Césaire, exploring the violent and criminal impact of colonialism.


    by Jacques Lacan

    Olivia is shown reading work by the influential thinker Écrits. This is yet another complex, layered, and intellectual text. Lacan's work is considered controversial, and this text in particular gives readers a psychoanalysis of modern thought about otherness.