Life and Death Results

11 Aug

“Do you believe that every story must have a beginning and an end?  In ancient times a story could end only in two ways: having passed all the tests, the hero and the heroine married, or else they died.  The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death.”

At our last wrap-up, Christina, Jeannette and I took the list WEM novels and placed the the titles we’ve read into two Calvino-inspired categories: Continuity of Life and Inevitablitly of Death.  I promised to share our results.

The Continuity of Life 

Don Quixote

Pilgrim’s Progress

Pride and Prejudice

Oliver Twist

Jane Eyre

The Scarlet Letter (Hester Prynne)

Crime and Punishment

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Red Badge of Courage

Seize the Day

One Hundred Years of Solitude

If on a winter’s night a traveler **



** experimental






The Inevitability of Death 

Gulliver’s Travels *

The Scarlet Letter (Arthur Dimsdale)

Moby Dick

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Madame Bovary

Anna Karenina

The Return of the Native

The Portrait of a Lady

Heart of Darkness

The House of Mirth

The Great Gatsby

Mrs. Dalloway

The Trial

Native Son

The Stranger


Invisible Man


* satire


Do you agree?  Disagree?

We’re always up for a good debate.

1 Comment

Posted by on August 11, 2014 in If on a winter's night a traveler


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One response to “Life and Death Results

  1. Ruth @ A Great Book Study

    August 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I guess that makes sense for our hero in 1984: some believed he was eventually executed, but I never took it that way. However, his true self was executed, as Big Government murdered his emotional self and his personal thoughts; and all that is left is his shell.

    The one I had different was Invisible Man b/c the main character is very much alive, as he discovers that he must continue on, even if others refuse to see him how he truly is.

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.


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