Saturday, July 18, 2009

Top 10 Los Angeles novels

The good folks running the delightful Where the Wild Things Are blog recently put together a list of the top 10 Los Angeles novels(not to be confused with the top 10 novels about Los Angeles).  Here is the list they settled on:
1. Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
2. What Makes Sammy Run? (Budd Schulberg)
3. Play It As It Lays (Joan Didion)
4. Mildred Pierce (James Cain)
5. Ask the Dust (John Fante)
6. Oil (Upton Sinclair)
7. Walking the Dog (Walter Mosley)
8. The Tortilla Curtain (T. Coraghessan Boyle)
9. The High Window (Raymond Chandler)
10. Less Than Zero (Bret Easton Ellis)
While no one can dispute the Didion, Cain, and Fante inclusions, a few missing titles do jump to mind.  What about After Many Summers Dies a Swan, Aldous Huxley's exceptional Hollywood satire?   How about Fitzgerald's unfinished The Last Tycoon?  At least, James Frey's second attempt at fiction didn't make an appearance.

1 comment:

  1. You're a funny one with your parenthetical comments. Your books are added the queue. Thank you.