The First 80: A Look Back
I’ve already explained my rankings for the first 80 novels to you, but today I want to hand out a few awards to the novels that have left a mark on me, for better or worse.
Here’s how I break down the good and the bad from the first 80:
Total pages read: 32,965
Least favorite characters: All the characters in A Dance To The Music Of Time. All of them. They’re like stale grits.
Favorite writer: F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) over Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and James Agee (A Death In The Family).
Least favorite writer: William Burgess (Naked Lunch)
Most difficult book: The Sound and The Fury is still tops.
Most inspirational book: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Funniest book: It’s still Catch 22. The Sot-Weed Factor comes in a close second.
Longest read: A Dance To The Music of Time will not be surpassed in this category. 3,500+ pages. Nothing else is even close.
Shortest read: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Best opening line: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” (The Blind Assassin)
Most memorable line: Three favorites so far:
- “If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don’t keer if you die at dusk. It’s so many people never seen de light at all.” – Janie (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
- “Soon you’ll regret all that sun-tanning. Your face will look like a testicle.” – Iris Chase
(Iris Chase, The Blind Assassin)
- “Hate is a lack of imagination.” (The Unnamed Priest, The Power And The Glory)
Only 21 books to go!