I've been trying to find some good books to read. I'm a very fussy reader.
On Friday night I read Nora Ephron's book, I Feel Bad About my Neck, from library. It was fun. Some of her observations were very funny, some too New York for me to relate to, mostly it felt like a good blog or a book in a waiting room to pass the time. Returning it yesterday, I picked out two books, one by Alice Munro and one by Alice McDermott, but neither one engaged me and both are going back. Vow: no more Alice books for awhile, except I see I have one on the list below!
I've been looking at lists of the best 100 novels. Being as old as I am, I've read a lot of them. Also as soon as I see novel number one is James Joyce's Ulysses I'm doubtful. On the other hand, if they include John O'Hara, Sherwood Anderson, or Theodore Dreiser in their lists, I look closer.
Some of the lists seem to go so overboard on the pc thing that you can't trust them either. On the other hand, I thought Their Eyes Were Watching God was exquisite.
In no particular order, here are the books I'm considering ordering, after perusing internet lists. Any feedback on them would be greatly appreciated, even if you already realize I have too many opinions on things:
- The Man Who was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
- The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
- A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell
- Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe ?? DON'T SPIT!
- The Old Wives Tale, Arnold Bennett (he wrote a great novel set at the Savoy Hotel.)
- Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad (I've never read any of his books, not sure why.)
- The Awakening, Kate Chopin
- Shane, Jack Schaefer
- The Time It Never Rained, Elmer Kelton
- Wapshot Chronicle, John Cheever (not sure if I read or not, like Cheever but get sick of him too)
- Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
(and if you don't think it took a long time to post all these links-- but at least it made me place my order!)
I started The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg last night, and it's great. Schulberg is a very talented writer who made the wrong decision in the McCarthy era.