Friday, June 06, 2003

Friday Five

Five books which are largely responsible for my mental furniture (in no particular order):

1. Possession by A. S. Byatt (romance, postmodernism, academia, literary mystery, serendipity)
2. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (intellectual romance, the meeting of true minds, "the worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit is to be joyless")
3. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger (New York intellectual angst)
4. The Chronicles of Narnia (Yeah, I'm cheating and counting all of them as one book)
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (sisterly devotion, the charms of domesticity)

The common threads seem to be 1. family life (especially in large families), and 2. The romantic trials of intellectual women (along with a healthy dose of anglophilia).

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