Great Gatsby: the perfect novel?
Over on the New York Times book blog, there's a spirited debate about the perfect novel. Suggestions have ranged from the well-read -- The Great Gatsby is an early favorite -- to the obscure (Herb ‘n’ Lorna).
I don't get the excitement over Gatsby, but maybe it's just because I can't get the white-clad Robert Redford and Mia Farrow out of my head. If pressed over a couple of glasses of wine (that seems to how the Times debate started) I might pick All the King's Men.
But let's start at the beginning: Can there be a "perfect" novel, and if so, what is it?
I'll throw in another question: Is there a perfect book club novel? My pick here (and maybe overall): Cold Mountain.