Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gerald Scarfe's 6 best books

Gerald Scarfe is one of Britain’s best-known cartoonists; his work is instantly recognizable to readers of The New Yorker.

He named his six best books for The Daily Express. One title on the list:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I had a very irregular education but when I read this 19th century Russian classic it was an absolute revelation. Sometimes so-called classics can be hard work but I found this absolutely gripping.
Read about the other books on Scarfe's list.

Crime and Punishment is one of the top ten works of literature according to Norman Mailer, and it appears on Andrew Klavan's five best list of psychological crime novels. Elmore Leonard has never read beyond page fifty of the tome.

--Marshal Zeringue