Thursday, March 25, 2010

Behind the starting line, looking out

I've decided on a journey. One of literary merit and extreme narcissm. Feel free to join me.

In 1998, the Modern Library polled its editorial board and came up with a list of the top 100 novels of the 20th century (for better or for worse, depending on who you ask). I have decided to read them all, and let all of you know how I feel about each one.

Here is the process:
-I will begin from the bottom and read my way to the top.
-Absolutely no research will be done on any of the books. My only source of knowledge on each book/author will come from previous knowledge.
-For each novel, I will make a post about my expectations of the novel, a final post summing up my thoughts, and various posts along the way if I feel the need.
-Any novel I have already read I will skip and just post what I remember about it (this includes the following- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lolita, The Sound and the Fury, Catch 22, Slughterhouse-Five, Invisible Man, On the Road, The Catcher in the Rye).

So that's that, in all of its uncomplicated glory. Hopefully I can make these interesting as I go and also survive the whole thing (Frankly, I'll be happy if I make it to #76).

Until next time,
Peter J Woods

1 comment:

  1. that "reader's list" is hilarious!
    clearly a bunch of Scientologists and Ayn Randoids decided to get all their friends to vote 500 times

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