Literary one hit wonders

Times Online has compiled a list of ten literary one hit wonders. I’ve only read two of them out of my own volition, the third one was forced on me in school.

To kill a mockingbird – Harper Lee
If you’d like to read a few quotes from “To kill a mockingbird” go to Melissa’s blog. She has compiled a few quotes for one the recent Weekly Geeks.

Gone with the wind – Margaret Mitchell
Couldn’t stand Scarlett in the film and therefore never read the book.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Loved it. If you liked Heathcliff, too, you might want to take a look at “Is Heathcliff a murderer?”. The book investigates puzzles in 19th century fiction.

Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
One of the most boring books ever. Never liked it, never will.

The picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Well, it’s Oscar Wilde, so what can I say? One hit wonder doesn’t really apply here. He’s written lots of things and was successful, even though this was his only novel.

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
It has been published as a Penguin Modern Classic and sounds interesting. Must check it out.

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Don’t know. Suicidal people are not my favourite reading material.

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
Isn’t that about horses? I vaguely remember a TV series when I was a kid. Never watched it though, I was one of the few girls who wasn’t into horses. Don’t think the book is for me either.

Dr. Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
I remember the film with, ah, what is the actor’s name – Omar Sharif. Russian revolution isn’t my thing either, I guess I’m too picky.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Sounds interesting, too. Must check it out.

Also, make sure and read the comments of the article. Lots of other suggestions for one hit wonders and some criticism of the above choices.

2 Comments Write a comment

  1. Great list, Rikki! I’ve read 5 and loved all of them. Apparently, Arundhati Roy will be writing a new book, or so I’ve heard. Hope it’s as good as the last..


  2. If you like Blackadder humor, I think you’ll enjoy The Confederacy of Dunces. The buffoonery makes it one of my all-time favorites. Tragic that the author died so young.


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