8 Books About the Folly of Man The dangers of flying too close to the sun Mankind has always been driven to achieve, but sometimes we overreach, with disastrous results. 1. Death of a Ladies' Man Alan Bissett 2. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 3. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away Christie Watson 4. Brave New World Aldous Huxley 5. Pigeon English Stephen Kelman 6. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro 7. The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness 8. Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Tags: disaster View the discussion thread.