Sunday, February 3, 2013

The ten most notorious parts of famous books

One of the ten most notorious parts of famous books Gabe Habash named for PWxyz, the news blog of Publishers Weekly:
The “My mother is a fish.” chapter in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

The most famous five-word chapter in literature is also, approximately, the moment when frustrated teenagers around America, assigned the book for school, give up trying to make sense of Faulkner’s obfuscating narrative and go back to playing Call of Duty.
Read about the other entries on the list.

As I Lay Dying is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best teeth in literature, Jon McGregor's list of the top ten dead bodies in literature, Roy Blount Jr.'s list of five favorite books of Southern humor, and James Franco's six best books list.

--Marshal Zeringue