Book Titles

The title of a book is so important – and not many people have titles as consistently good as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (in my humble opinion) – and I suppose that is linked to the fact that not many people write as well as he does (again … in my humble opinion..)

Think of these:

Love in the time of Cholera

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

No-one writes to the Colonel

Memories of my Melancholy Whores.

The General in his Labyrinth


Other titles I like, from other authors

Up in Honey’s Room – Elmore Leonard

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Of Mice and Men – Steinbeck

And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street – Dr Seuss

Death is a lonely business – Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Looking for Transwonderland – Noo Saro Wiwa

Looking for Transwonderland

OK I’ll stop now … but it is a hard thing getting a title right, and it does matter!

2 responses to “Book Titles

  1. They say blurbs sell a story or book but I believe, with you, that titles are the most attractive baits, and in my experience, I have tendedd to follow certain writers because of their titles. Thus I have read almost all of John Steinbeck’s books, those of Barbara Kingsolver, Ammy Chan, and Dr Seuss, to name a few. In fact it follows that their characters are so believable they remain inbedded on my mind because they grow from such titles.


  2. Yup – I read the blurbs but only when I have been drawn to the book either because I like the author already or I have seen the title and had my interest piqued.

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