Over lunch today, we talked about our favorite books. Moondog waxed rhapsodically about Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey which, unwaveringly, is his favorite book (although every time he describes it to me, I have to say it comes as a big surprise that it takes place in Peru).
Speck said a current fave is The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski, and Krodamai apparently doesn’t read books.
Normally, MRP eschews this sort of game because I can never remember what my favorite book actually is. Once I started, I thought of a lot of books I really, really like, though.
MRP is not committed to any one favorite book, but one I really do love (after Anne of Green Gables, natch) is Travels with Charley by Steinbeck. I wasn’t crazy about Steinbeck after required high school reads Of Mice and Men or Grapes of Wrath, but I was so touched by the simplicity of the story and the joy of seeing America through his eyes.
- Short stories by Capote
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez
- Plays by Chekhov
- Many things by Wharton
- Also, Jane Austen
But as you can see, we’re straying from the “favorite book” category.
For those of you who like lists, here’s one of the top 100 novels, 1923-present (which, I’m happy to report, does not include the overrated A Confederacy of Dunces).
In any case, what’s your favorite book and why?