Friday, April 10, 2015

Top ten novels about style

Joseph Connolly's latest novel is Style. For the Guardian he tagged his top ten novels about style, including:
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

The “Great American Novel” about class, money, decadence, money, obsession, selfishness, passion, money, clothes and money. A highly amusing though grossly overrated book – it is no wonder that it was voted the 20th century’s best American novel, because Americans sincerely believe that they actually invented style: the best that money can buy.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Great Gatsby appears among Nick Lake’s ten favorite fictional tricksters and tellers of untruths in books, the Independent's list of the fifteen best opening lines in literature, Molly Schoemann-McCann's list of five of the lamest girlfriends in fiction, Honeysuckle Weeks's six best books, Elizabeth Wilhide's nine illustrious houses in fiction, Suzette Field's top ten literary party hosts, Robert McCrums's ten best closing lines in literature, Molly Driscoll's ten best literary lessons about love, Jim Lehrer's six favorite 20th century novels, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best clocks in literature and ten of the best misdirected messages, Tad Friend's seven best novels about WASPs, Kate Atkinson's top ten novels, Garrett Peck's best books about Prohibition, Robert McCrum's top ten books for Obama officials, Jackie Collins' six best books, and John Krasinski's six best books, and is on the American Book Review's list of the 100 best last lines from novels. Gatsby's Jordan Baker is Josh Sorokach's biggest fictional literary crush.

--Marshal Zeringue