Pat sent me a list of 11 classic coming-of-age novels. I’ve read 7 of the 11 (only saw the movie of another); Pat can account for 7-1/2.
The ones I’m familiar with are great books everybody will probably encounter at some time, and some may (at the right moment) even be life-changing, as the article claims. But I also noticed the whole list is from another age.
For that matter, what constitutes a coming-of-age novel? I never thought of Catch-22 (on the original list) in that context even though I first read it at 14. OTOH, I could make a serious case that The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the greatest coming-of-age fiction of all time, despite the protagonist being a 50-year-old hobbit.
So how about you?
* What makes a great coming-of-age novel?
* How many on the original list of 11 have you read?
* And what’s missing from that list and why should it be on there?