I'd be more impressed with novels that warmed the coldest of hearts. O'Connor and Ellison are dealing, each in her/his own way, with grace and salvation.
I'm genuinely weary of people pretending BE Ellis ever had anything to say other than My buddies are shallow, no? Yes, and that's why they're your buddies, you clumsy bore.
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND is not a novel; it's hardly even long enough to be considered a novella.
This is not to detract from it's brilliance. But it is NOT a novel and (as Bud notes above) it is about an instant of recognition of shared humanity.
It's barely long enough to be a short story. But great, anyway.
I would have put "Lord Of The Flies" on the list. That's one that scarred me for life - but then read it years before I was ready for it....
AMERICAN PSYCHO was the most spot-on portrait of a sociopath I have ever read. Plus, it was a brilliant homage to PSYCHO (the Hitchcock movie, rather than the novel).
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