The Votes Are In For The Next 5 Novels
This is one of my favorite parts of the 101 Books project–picking the next five books to read. You guys helped me out with it this time around.
The votes from over the weekend are in. As you know, I picked An American Tragedy and The Bridge Of San Luis Rey. The top vote getters from you guys was Atonement, Invisible Man, and The Grapes of Wrath.
Here’s a little about each book.
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (1927): One of the older books on the list. Tells the story of several interrelated people and how they came to die on the collapse of a rope bridge in Peru.
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (1925): Another old and LONG one. Bare with me when I get around to reading An American Tragedy, please. It’s 880 pages. It’s the story of Clyde Griffiths, a midwestern preacher’s boy who leaves home and gets in a lot of trouble, including committing murder.
Atonement by Ian McEwan (2001): Thought to be McEwan’s best novel, Atonement is the story of a young girl, an aspiring writer, who makes a fateful decision one day that has life-changing consequences for several people–including her sister and a childhood friend.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952): One of the preeminent novels about racial issues in America. The story is told by a nameless, African-American narrator who considers himself to be socially invisible. He tells the story looking back on his past–his childhood in the South, getting expelled from a “Negro College,” and moving to New York City. I read this novel in college about 15 years ago, so Invisible Man will be a re-read for me.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939): This will be another re-read for me. The Grapes of Wrath is a true classic by any definition. Set during the Great Depression, Steinbeck’s story follows the Joad family as they move from impoverished Oklahoma to a better life in California.
Great choices! I’m excited about this batch of novels.
Remember, I still have Things Fall Apart to read after Wide Sargasso Sea, which I will review on Wednesday. So I probably won’t start the first novel from this batch for another couple of weeks.
Any positives or negatives about the next five?