Saturday, October 22, 2005

From wide-eyed and laughing
The 100 best English-language novels since 1923
I’ve read, erm, 10 of them:

Animal Farm (formative)
Brideshead Revisited (of course!)
The Catcher in the Rye (feh)
The Day of the Locust (the literary origin of the name Homer Simpson)
A Handful of Dust
The Heart of the Matter (and The Quiet American* and a short story about growing up RC in England with a test of faith about the Blessed Sacrament)
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Neuromancer (whence we get the word microsoft)
1984 (very formative — read it that year as a teenager!)
The Power and the Glory

*The Quiet American: ‘They want freedom!
Worldly-wise Fowler: ‘They want enough rice.’

Written right before the great liberal crusade in Vietnam.

Sound familiar?

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