Monday, July 25, 2016

Recap of Novels 61-70

Average rating of novels 61-70 – 3.8 out of 5 stars

Recap of Novels 61-70

61. ★★★½ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
62. ★★★½ A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
63. ★★★★ American Pastoral by Philip Roth
64. ★★★ A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
65. ★★ Money by Martin Amis
66. ★★★★ The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
67. ★★★★ Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
68. ★★★★½ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
69. ★★★★ War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
70. ★★★★★ The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Favorite: The Count of Monte Cristo

Least Favorite: Money

Best Hero/Heroine: Princess Mary Bolkonskaya from War and Peace – she isn’t really heroic in the traditional sense, but she is the best person in any of these tales, and hence my choice.

Most Villainous: Danglars from The Count of Monte Cristo

Most interesting/Complex character: The Count of Monte Cristo aka Edmonde Dantes. Close second: a different count, from a different book, Count Pierre Bezukhov from War and Peace

Best Quotation:
…for the wicked are not so easily disposed of, for God seems to have them under his special watch-care to make of them instruments of his vengeance.  ~ The Count of Monte Cristo

Best Subtitle: Money: A Suicide Note  Opposite of a subtitle, Tom Jones is not the actual title of Fielding's novel, just a common shortened version of the full title: The Adventures of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Best film adaptation: I’m going to go out on a limb and say the 1963 rendition of Tom Jones (though I have not yet watched it). It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and was nominated for 6 more.

Worst film adaptation: 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo


  1. This looks like a great list. I've read some, others not. I've never read Muriel Spark. I wonder if Martin Amis is related to Kingsley Amis. I love Kingsley; he's hilarious! I'll have to look him up.
    I read the Count of Monte Cristo in college and did not like the protagonist, but maybe with the eyes of maturity I need to read it again.

    1. Yep, Martin is Kingsley's son. I also liked Kingsley...Lucky Jim, but Martin and Money, not so much.


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