Thursday, January 12, 2012
Southern Literature Suggestions 1-20
I am participating this year in the Southern Literature Challenge IF I can figure out how that works. Southern Literature is one of my loves. I guess I should participate in a more difficult challenge like Asian Literature, Self-help, or those pesky Puritans, but I am not. I am going to stick to what I love. My affections have been ordered this way.
To start the challenge out I thought I would catalog which books I have already read from this extensive list of Southern Literature. Perhaps my list will inspire you to check out Southern authors and stories. Many of these books qualify as classics.
I have read 7 of the first 10. That is an encouraging start.
To Kill a Mockingbird
A book of true depth and insight.
Gone with the Wind
Our 8th grade Civil War class in Deland, Fl was taken to the theater to see the movie of this book. I wonder if northern schools did that?
By the time I was 16 I had read this at least twice.
Great family read-aloud.
A great story which suffers from naive writing but the movie is fantastic. I would not put this high on my list of favorite Southern literature.
The Sound and the Fury
I love this book and I love Faulkner. His writing is the definition of Southern literature: poetic, pathetic and gothic.
Their Eyes were Watching God
I especially enjoyed this book as I spent my childhood in many of the places she writes about. Strong, Southern voice.
I would give 5 of them 5 stars, one of them 4 stars and The Help 3 stars. I really do like Southern Literature.
Things begin to drop off. I have only read 3 of the next 10 but have seen two of the plays and had to quit reading one because it seemed to foul.
(Now for an aside. I have tried to find out the exact rules for capitalizing the words South and Southern to no avail. Therefore, I have decided to make up my own rules. I will capitalize those words and in an act of rebellion against northern aggression I will keep the words north and northern lower case. We all must do our part.)
A Good Man is Hard to Find
I am not sure why I struggle with O'Connor. She writes well and pathetic and gothic, maybe just a bit too gothic. The title story will stay with whomever reads it like a bad Neil Diamond song. A friend almost hit a good Samaritan on the head with a tire iron once because of this book. In her defense we were stranded on a south Georgia road in the middle of nowhere not too far from Milledgville. Perhaps those Georgia roads are haunted by the ghost of Flannery as well as being speed traps.
As I Lay Dying
In another life I would be William Faulkner or maybe just the housemaid who pours his whiskey.
Cold Sassy Tree
This is a thumping good read. If you need a place to start reading Southern literature this would be it.
(I hope to continue going through the Good Reads list over the course of the next couple of months. Next up 21-40.)