And The Next Five Novels Will Be…
I’ll be reviewing Dog Soldiers tomorrow, my 38th read from the Time list. That means it’s time to lay out the next five novels. I took the liberty to pick out the next batch this time around. But I think that, next time, I’ll open it up for you guys to pick them again.
The general thought process behind my selections is to go with a couple of novels I’m totally unfamiliar with, as well as a couple that I have at least heard of.
So here are books 39-43, in no particular order:
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter: This is Carson McCuller’s debut novel, published in 1940. It’s the story of a deaf man in a small Georgia mill town in the 1930s. This novel was an Oprah book club selection, so I’ll try and not hold that against it.
Falconer: There’s not a lot of info online about Falconer, though the book won the Pulitzer. Written by John Cheever, Falconer tells the story of a guy named Ezekiel Farragut, a college professor who is in prison for the murder of his brother.
Under The Volcano: This one looks a little wacky. It’s the story of a alcoholic British consul who is living in a small Mexican town, set during the Day of the Dead. Apparently, the guy goes on a self-destructive rampage. Another pick me up!
Wide Sargasso Sea: Many of you might find Wide Sargasso Sea interesting. Written by Jean Rhys, the novel serves as a prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Since I haven’t read Jane Eyre, will I be lost?
Things Fall Apart: This classic by Chinua Achebe is the preeminent work of African fiction. The novel, published in 1958, received global acclaim. The story focuses on Okonkwo, a Nigerian wrestling champion and the leader of small Nigerian village.
Out of these five, I’m most excited about reading Things Fall Apart and Falconer, just based on the little I know about each book.
So what should I expect from the next five novels?