So What’s Next?
So here’s where we stand in the 101 Books project.
Before my hiatus, I started At Swim Two Birds, so I’ve made good headway into that and will hopefully finish it up soon. From there, here’s what’s left:
The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
The Berlin Stories (1946) by Christopher Isherwood
Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon
Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
Light in August (1932) by William Faulkner
The Man Who Loved Children (1940) by Christina Stead
The Recognitions (1955) by William Gaddis
The Sheltering Sky (1949) by Paul Bowles
To The Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
White Noise (1985) by Don DeLillo
I’ve got to say: I thought I had a pretty good strategy tackling the list–looking to leave some interesting novels for the end. However, I’m not so sure how that played out in reality.
I wasn’t a fan of my first Virginia Woolf novel (Mrs. Dalloway), and I still have another left to read (To The Lighthouse). I’ve heard horrible things about Tropic of Cancer.
I just wasn’t fan of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Will Light in August be any better? I’m intrigued by Gravity’s Rainbow, but it’s a beast. The Recognitions is another beast. And the rest I just don’t know a lot about.
So we’ll see how it goes down the stretch here. What do you guys think about the remaining novels?