So it Goes – Slaughterhouse Five – #18

Confession time – At almost a fourth of the way through Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, I was still expecting for the main character to somehow get to the Chicago slaughterhouse district because I had confused this novel with The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which I read in high school. Whew! That literary fail is … Continue reading So it Goes – Slaughterhouse Five – #18

You Can’t Handle the Truth – An American Tragedy – #16

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser is a gripping novel that tells the story of Clyde Griffiths, who is being raised by his devoutly religious missionary parents. They are poor and he is poorly educated due to their vagabond lifestyle. The narrative continues to focus on Clyde as he gets his first job outside the … Continue reading You Can’t Handle the Truth – An American Tragedy – #16

I Made it to the Lighthouse – #15

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is another book that had me questioning the editors’ choices for Modern Library’s list, but the novel was also included in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923-2005, so I guess it must be me and my annoying preference for a linear plot line. Once … Continue reading I Made it to the Lighthouse – #15

Where’s Russell Crowe? I, Claudius – #14

Robert Graves’ I, Claudius is yet another on our list of Modern Library's Top 100 that I would not have picked up on my own while browsing through Barnes and Noble, I must say.  However, it did not disappoint! It is a full account of the life of Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, written as … Continue reading Where’s Russell Crowe? I, Claudius – #14