Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vehige: Catholic Literature; or, You've Got to Read This!

Sara over at Pur Autre Vie has just discovered Flannery O'Connor. It got me thinking about the pleasure I've had reading great Catholic literature . . . and it got me wondering about all the great Catholic literature I have yet to read.

So what I thought we could do -- yes, we, meaning me and anyone who reads this post -- is to start a list of our favorite Catholic novels and short fiction. Genre is completely irrelevant. And there's no reason not to list a book that's already been listed. At the very least, it will be interesting to compare notes.

You can put your list in the comments, or you can post it on your own blog and link back here. I don't want to start a "meme" per se, but my goal is to accumulate a good-sized list and post it in few weeks.

All that being said, here's my list of my all-time favorite Catholic literature -- literature I'd hand you and say, "You've got to read this!"

  1. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
  2. Graham Greene, Brighton Rock
  3. Jon Hassler, Simon's Night
  4. Ron Hansen, Mariette in Ecstasy
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  6. Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," "Parker's Back," "The River," and "The Artificial Nigger."
  7. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited