(although, for my money both A Sentimental Education
and Bovard Et Pechuchet
--which isn't even finished--are better0, but i only read it after I read Julian Barnes, which makes me kind of a loser.
, The Master and Margarita
, Dead Souls
and The Unbearable Lightness of Being
...they are all as good as advertised.
by Frank Norris is great, but that may just be because it is set in San Francisco.
We had to read Huckleberry Finn
in highschool, but, honestly, alls I remember is the phrase "Clo' de Do', Huck!" and the fact that the Duke and Dauphine were disreputable characters.
Dickens I could never get through with a straight face. He was the Maeve Binchey of his day! Plus, they'd make us read through Nicholas Nickelby
, having someone read the stage directions, which is just retarded. Honestly, the way to read a play is to act it. I never got Shakespeare until I had to play a part. Many of the comedies and history plays are great...Romeo And Juliet
, despite the fact I still remember all the lines, not so much.
The greek dramas are all worth reading, especially Aristophenes, since he's still funny. The Oresteia
I really liied the so-called 20th Century's Greatest novels: Ullysses
(although I dare you to try Finnegan's Wake
), The Magic Mountain
etc. Hemingway, I don't like. John Dos Passos is ripe for re-evaluation, though. USA
is definately good. The Great Gatsby
exists so that we can all realize we will never ever write that well. But, on the whole, IMO, Kay Boyle is the best writer of that generation.
is a very fine book and I wouldn't have ever heard about it if it weren't for the very persuasive nature of our friend above, but I will never read the fellow's other books unless I learn Dutch and that ain't happening. Pity.