Saturday, June 2, 2007

Camille's List and Plans

Here's my list to date:

1. A Canticle for Leibowitz
2. The Postman
3. The Handmaid's Tale (in progress, can't put it down)
4. The Road
5. Fahrenheit 451
6. maybe Children of Men because I didn't like the movie and figure the book must be better

So Children of Men was a maybe and I'm taking that off the list. And now, I'm just not so sure about The Road. I might have to bail on that, too, and call it a day on the Dystopian Challenge. The thing is, I don't trust Cormac McCarthy. I know he can be extremely disturbing and I know there are elements of this in The Road. But so many people have read it and loved it. And it's an Oprah book! I feel silly not being able to read an Oprah book.

But if I say I like dystopians and post-apocalyptic books so much, I should be able to read the hardcore ones, too, no? I have a plan to read, well, all of the Pulitzers. As of now, this is the last on the list. Maybe I'll read it when I get to it chronologically on the Pulitzer list? That would give me a lot of time before I got to it and by then I'd be in a different state of mind, different stage in life, etc., and maybe more ready for it then. I did buy it the other day. But the more I think about it, the more I'm leaning toward not jumping on the bandwagon and reading this book along with everyone else.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I did not choose The Road on my list, just as a possibility. Then I got it on hold at the library and never was able to pick it up before I had to take it back. When I was at the drop box at the library I flipped through it, and now I wish I'd read it.