Monday, July 8, 2019

Recap of Novels 121-130

Recap of Novels 121 – 130 

Average rating of novels 121-130 – 3.6 stars (out of 5)

121.  ★ ★ ★                 The Ox-Bow Incident
122.  ★ ★ ★                     Wise Blood
123.  ★ ★ ★                     Papillon
124.  ★ ★                      Candide
125.  ★ ★ ★ ½             In Cold Blood
126.  ★ ★ ★ ★                The Old Man and the Sea
★ ★ ★ ★                The Valley of Fear
★ ★½                      Gargantua and Pantagruel
129.  ★ ★ ★½                  The Shadow Over Innsmouth
130.  ★ ★ ★ ★                The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Favorite: In Cold Blood
Honorable Mention: The Old Man and the Sea

Least Favorite: Gargantua and Pantagruel

Best Hero: Tom Sawyer
Best Heroine: I hate to say it, but not one heroine in the group

Most Villainous: Perry Smith from In Cold Blood

Most interesting/Complex character: Papillon

Best Quotation: Most men are more afraid of being thought cowards than of anything else, and a lot more afraid of being thought physical cowards than moral ones. ~ Art Croft, first-person narrator of The Ox-Bow Incident

Best film adaptation: The 1973 version of Papillon starring Steve McQueen as Papillon and Dustin Hoffman as Dega is very good. As is the 1958 version of The Old Man and the Sea starring Spencer Tracy, and the 1942 version of the Ox-Bow Incident starring Henry Fonda.

Worst film adaptation: I didn’t watch any, but I know there are some awful renditions of Tom Sawyer out there.


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