A few days ago, a friend of mine was recommending to me that I read some John Steinbeck books. Then, a few days later, my blogger friend Thingy also mentioned him. So, I guess I better get to it. I’ll try Grapes of Wrath, even though I admit the setting doesn’t appeal to me.
Another famous book I’ve never read is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I see they have just adapted into a movie. I’ll have to read it too at some point. It’s also considered a great book. It should make for an interesting contrast: Grapes is about poor Westerners in the 1930s, and Gatsby is about rich Easterners in the 1920s.
There are surprisingly many famous books that I have never read… Moby-Dick, The Scarlet Letter, everything by Charles Dickens that isn’t A Christmas Carol. (Actually, I’m not even 100% sure I read that–I may have just absorbed by seeing the many thousands of adaptations.)
I did recently read Dracula, by Bram Stoker. It wasn’t very good, to be honest. It was very slow-moving and except for Dracula himself, most of the characters were thin as paper. Add in that it was surprisingly violent for a Victorian novel, and I didn’t care for it at all.
UPDATE: Thank you for the award, Thingy. (I still can’t comment on your blog, BTW, but I’m glad some comments are back.) Gone With The Wind is another one I want to read, even though I fully expect to hate it from what I know about it. It’s what the critics like to call an “important” book, so I should probably see what all the fuss is about.