Saturday, April 22, 2006

Good Fiction

Can anyone recommend any good fiction? I hope to have more time to read once school is behind me, so I'm starting to compile a "to read" list. Currently, I'm making my way through "Master of the Senate," an LBJ biography (non-fiction, of course), and I'm thinking about Saul Bellow's "Herzog" and Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow."


Blogger Tally Ho said...

My all time favorite is Absalom! Absalom! by Faulkner. I read a really good memoir of probably the most famous living Israeli novelist who grew up before and during the Independence period, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Keeping with the contemporary literature I could recommend Middlesex which retells the American coming of age story from the point of view of a Greek hermaphrodite (really amazing stuff). I'm also skating through Bright Lights, Big City right now which is really great and touches on, I think some of Brett Easton Ellis's themes without the same kind of intense self-indulgence on the author's side.

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Anonymous scott said... still have to finish the bar exam, so I wouldn't warm up your library card just yet.

At any rate, some recently read books I would suggest are "Empire Falls" or "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" but I know you don't care much for that kind of fiction (poignant memoir-like pieces), nor would you enjoy "Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress" (Oprah Book Club material, yet with some interesting historical insights), David Liss's "The Coffee Trader" (see id.), but maybe "Everything is Illuminated" (hilarious) or Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" (pseudo-intellectual and entertaining in a Da Vinci Code kind of way), and I would definitely suggest that you read "Confessions of a dangerous mind" which counts as half fiction, half truth.

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Blogger Ger said...

I'd second any notion to read Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow was superb and I thought Mason and Dixon was hilarious.

100 years of solitude

cormac mccarthy - blood meridian is his best. you read that one, right? the border trilogy is very good. no country for old men is his most recent and also enjoyable.

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