Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recap of Novels 1-10

Average rating 3.3 Stars out of 5

The Great Gatsby ★★★
1984 ★★★½
The Catcher in the Rye ★★
On the Road ★½
Ulysses ★½
Catch-22 ★★★½
Animal Farm ★★★½
The Grapes of Wrath ★★★★★
The Sound and the Fury ★★★
Lord of the Flies ★★★★★

Favorite: Lord of the Flies

Least Favorite: Ulysses

Best Hero/Heroine: Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath

Worst Villain: “The Man” as in the rich landowners in The Grapes of Wrath

Most interesting/Complex character: Ralph from The Lord of the Flies

Best Quotation: And this you can know—fear the time when Manself will not suffer and die for a concept, for this one quality is the foundation of Manself, and this one quality is man, distinctive in the universe. - Narrative - The Grapes of Wrath

Best film adaptation: The Great Gatsby (the 2000 A & E version)

Worst film adaptation: Animal Farm (both the 1954 animated version, and the 1999 live animal versions were horrible)


  1. What did you think of Kerouac's On the Road? I read his Dharma Bums and, to my complete surprise, really enjoyed it. I have been looking at OtR for awhile and have been wondering if it's worth the effort. What do you think?

    1. To be honest, I didn't like it at all. If you like Dharma Bums, you might lit OtR, but I have no idea if there is any similarity in style, theme, or content. My full review:
      Thanks for commenting. Joseph

  2. I'm with you on Ulysses, I thought it was awful myself, and a complete and utter waste of my time. Half of the time I couldn't even figure out what the book was really about. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Thanks for the feedback.


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