Time To Announce The Next 5 Novels
Today, I introduce to you the next five novels I will be reading from the Time list. These books will come after I finish Invisible Man, of course.
With the exception of The Golden Notebook, the novels in this group are fairly short, which hopefully means I can get through this batch quicker than the last one. Also, since I’ll be wrapping up A Dance To The Music Of Time at the end of the year, my reading pace should pick back up to the level I had in 2011.
Anyway, here’s the next five in no particular order:
The Great Gatsby: Heard of this one? It’s an obscure little novel by some hack named Fitzgerald. And, well, I’ve read it four or five times. Before I started this list, The Great Gatsby was my favorite novel. And I believe it will give To Kill A Mockingbird a run for its money in my rankings. Gatsby will be book #50.
The Golden Notebook: I’ve been told by some of you that this novel by Doris Lessing is a little dry, plus it’s long, really long. I think I might save it as the last one in this batch, but I might change my mind about that. I really know nothing about it, other than that it has an experimental, post-modern style.
Snow Crash: The brief amount of time I’ve spent reading about this novel by Neal Stephenson makes me nervous. It sounds a lot like Neuromancer, and I really didn’t like that book. Someone tell me it’s going to be okay.
Pale Fire: Vladimir Nabokov, take 2. I had mixed feelings about Lolita, so I’m interested to see how I respond to Pale Fire, Nabakov’s other novel on the list. This one also looks extremely experimental, with the novel going back and forth between a 999 line poem and a critic’s commentary on that poem. Strange.
A Handful Of Dust: Finally! I’ve heard so much about this novel, and Evelyn Waugh in particular, that I’m excited to finally get around to reading it. This might be next on my list, book #49.
So that’s the next set of five. When I finish up these novels, I’ll be well over halfway finished with the list.
Less than two and a half years to read 53 novels. I guess that’s not so bad for a guy with a full-time job, a family, and an unhealthy addiction to college football, right?
Any thoughts on the next five novels?