When I was younger I did not enjoy books written in the first person. I found them to be narcissistic simply because I could not separate writer from narrator. But I had a new awaking to the style about ten years ago while reading a lot of nonfiction and it has opened me up to a vast amount of great works.
I'm working on the BBC top 100 now. I checked the list a few weeks ago and had discovered that I had read 22 so far. I read "Animal Farm" a couple of weeks ago and am now reading "The Kite Runner." I refuse to read Dickens because I have seen so many of his works on stage and screen that I feel I will be wasting my reading hours. I'll need to get past 50 so I feel like I have accomplished something. However, I was disappointed that the BBC did not recognize my favorite novel of all time, "Lonesome Dove."
I read this book when I was 19 years old and it started to open my eyes. Gus and Call were two sides of the same coin, but when it comes down to it I had to identify with Gus. Call created and emotional prison for himself and had a life without love our family. Gus was a free wheeler who had married three times and never stopped loving Claire, his first love. His attitude of, "It's not dying I'm talking about, it's living." Is a great motto.