Ranking The First 40 Novels
It’s that time again. It’s time for me to try and make sense of the last five novels, and attempt to place them somewhere in my meaningless rankings. Never before has such a pointless, inconsequential act been undertaken.
Aren’t you excited now? All right, then. Let’s carry on.
Book 36: The Power And The Glory: Current Rank #9. Great premise executed to near perfection by Graham Greene. This is one of the better spiritually-themed novels I’ve read.
Book 37: Native Son: Current Rank #12. This novel had the potential to be near the top of the list. Great story. Strong characters. But Richard Wright’s preachy, communist undertones made me drop Native Son down a bit. Hindsight is 20/20, but I think we all realize now that Communism isn’t and wasn’t the answer to racism.
Book 38: Dog Soldiers: Current Rank 35: Gritty, dirty, graphic novel. Predictable, stereotyped characters. Somewhat predictable plot. I needed a shower after this one.
Book 39: That’s Not My Monkey: This, of course, is a book that wasn’t on the list. But I thought it made for a pretty good April Fool’s Joke.
Book 39: Falconer: Current Rank 13: Brutally depressing book. Great writing by John Cheever. Incredibly and uncomfortably graphic in spots. Could’ve been higher if not for a weak, Hollywoodish ending.
Book 40: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter: Current Rank 8: Carson McCullers was 23 when she wrote this. Wow. The light plot is more than made up for by the fabulous, well-developed characters. You’ll remember this book and these characters.
All around, this was a pretty decent batch of novels. Dog Soldiers was the only one that I could’ve done without. You can read the entire list of rankings here.
So how do you think my rankings on the first 40 novels stack up?