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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 07:39 PM   #151
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Have to include "A Storm of Swords" in my list

I wanna read The Perks of being a Wallflower next because I loved the movie.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 07:31 AM   #152
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Different strokes. Sound & the Fury is often described as one of the most challenging novels to read in all of literature, next to perhaps Ulysses, due to its pervasive use of stream of consciousness narration and characters whose mental processes border on the psychotic, certainly way past dysfunctional. For me, it was a challenge to conquer, but I enjoyed doing it. I like the way Faulkner writes. I find that I mimic his style often in my own writing. By that I mean, I appreciate his ability to capture a deteriorating mind and portray it believeably.

As for the later, I have a novel in progress which is similar in tone to that which which Salinger infuses in Holden, so I do consider it somewhat of an influence. Not so much in content, or relevance, but for its style. I think that Holden remains a very "modern personality" with which most people can intuitively connect.
Oh, I do appreciate Faulkner and he is certainly a great author. I did find it rather difficult to comprehend and that is unusual for me.

Perhaps with Catcher in the Rye, I have heard for years how great it is and I was not impressed. I often find it a challenge to like something or someone that I find are trumpeted so loudly and so often. I am a bit of a skeptic so, perhaps, that colors my opinion


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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 09:49 AM   #153
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

Family Guy is probably not the ideal authority on literary matters, but I have to say that Quagmire's take on Catcher in the Rye is pretty much the same as mine, and probably several million others who don’t buy into the idea that it has anything particularly profound to say about teenage angst. I read it at school, didn't like it, and have reread it several times since without revising my opinion.

I suppose it’s not badly written, but that’s not enough for me, especially in a book that is as stultifyingly boring as it is.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 03:09 PM   #154
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

^
this.

Maybe I read it too late (mid-20's,) but I couldn't even finish the book.

However, a character having such polarizing responses to it is further proof that it does make for a good study.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 01:06 PM   #155
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Re: Top ten favourite novels

I have updated my list. It keeps changing. My Goodreads list is a mess. I need to update it too.
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