Saturday, December 25, 2010
Literary Blog Hop #1
Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop which is hosted by The Blue Bookcase. This is my first time to participate and this week's question is:
What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated? We all know about the latest Dan Brown, and James Patterson isn't hurting for publicity. What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?
This Side of Paradise, the book I'm currently reading, is widely considered F. Scott Fitzgerald's "lesser novel," somewhere beneath The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night. It was the novel that catapulted him to literary fame and led the way to his financial success.
I admit I don't think This Side of Paradise is as beautifully written as The Great Gatsby, but it's a lighter work. It revolves around Amory Blaine, a Princeton student, and vaguely reminded me of today's preppy college boys. Also, the novel is said to be autobiographical, so I think it grants us a closer look into the inner workings Fitzgerald's mind.
What about you? Do you have any under-appreciated masterpieces to recommend?