- Recommend me a novel please
My bookshelves groan under the weight of tomes on ancient history, politics and the like, I dont read nearly enough novels and I think I’m missing out. Anyone recommend me something high quality (so I learn something) but not so hard work that I’m going to lose intrest and give up on. I’m thinking maybe something by Martin Amis or Salman Rushdie (Midnights Children? I do like historical novels) or maybe go back to PG Wodehouse or Evelyn Waugh. I enjoyed The Sword of Honour trilogy so was thinking of having a go at Brideshead Revisited.Posted 6 years agobobbyg81Member
I don’t know hat other interest you have but authors I’de recommend that I love are
Iain Banks – The guys a genius! He also rights sci fi under Iain M. Banks. Never tried that though.
Christopher Brookmyre – Social commentary, comedy and excellent storylines. Yet another cracking Scottish author.
Haruki Murakami – Funny, surreal. Legend!
Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho is one of the greatest modern novel IMHO, but his other work is just as good.
You’ve probably read them but Junky by Burroughs and 1984 by Orwell are must reads too!
These novels;/authors may be nothing like what you usually read but are certainly worth a look!Posted 6 years ago
Hah George Mac-Fraser, I’ve read practically every word he ever published. Read the Flashman novels back to back in 1992 instead of studying for my finals. Quartered Safe Out here is maybe the finest book on the infantry I’ve ever read……..then there’s the MacAuslin books.
Cormac McCarthy I had a go at All the Pretty Horses a few years ago………typically for me I got bogged down in it, was just a bit slow for me.
Tell me more about Brookmyre?Posted 6 years agoskinnysteelMember
+1 for Stuartie C’s recommendation: ‘Blood Meridian’ by Cormac McCarthy. The Border trilogy is also excellent, along with ‘No Country…’ and ‘The Road’. You could say I’m a fan. I found I very quickly get into the rhythm of his writing, tho’ agree initially it can seem a bit awkward.
I’m thinking about Dickens this year – an embarrassing gap in my literary
Mrs rates the Hosseini books mentioned, but also suggests ‘Life of Pi’ – one of her top 5 fiction books.Posted 6 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
Brideshead is a wonderful classic
Early Martin Amis is good… Rachel Papers, and Money etc…
Anything by Orhan Pamuk – esp “My name is red”
Some Murukami is good, some is a bit adolescent.
A couple of American suggestions.
Newer – anything by Richard FordPosted 6 years ago
Older – the longer more serious Raymond Chandlers – esp The Long Goodbye.
Lot of good suggestions here, thanks. Have read a lot of Ian Banks and Rankin, very good…..Rebus makes me homesick.
Best book I read this year was “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote……Mrs is reading “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, will pick that up when she’s done.
Anyone read the Jack Aubrey books?Posted 6 years agoboltonjonMember
Life of Pi is utterly charming
If you want a proper story to get your teeth into, try the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Its nothing like his other airport fodder….
The Bookthief – a proper tear jerker!
1984 – a classic
Papillion – another epic classic
The Road – recently made into a film, but the book is way better
Chickenhawk – great novel about Huey pilots in Nam
Matterhorn – awesome account of Vietnam through the eyes of a very messed up vet
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (the guy who wrote Fightclub). Very odd, but addictive!Posted 6 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
If you like historical novels I’d recommend Peter Ackroyd – Hawksmoor, Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem.
Also, anything by Sarah Waters – Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Night Watch, The Little Stranger. These are a bit more of a romp but still diverting and entertaining and plausibly well researched.
CJ Sansom’s Winter In Madrid is a decent yarn set in, er winter, in Madrid, during the Spanish Civil War. Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada is another tale to make you shiver and thank God you never had to live in a totalitarian state. Even more harrowing because it’s supposedly based on a true story.
The best novel with a broad historical sweep that I’ve read is James Ellroy’s American Tabloid. The way ties in fiction with bits of the past that you think you know a bit about is just mindblowing.
It’s the first part of a trilogy as well, so plenty more where that came from if you get a taste for it. I haven’t yet got round to reading the next two.
Maybe more reading and less slack-jawed lurking on Singletrack would be a good idea for a new year resolution, come to think of it. 😕
Also if you get a taste for Neal Stephenson, check out Snow Crash. More sci-fi than historical but very entertaining and tackles lots of big themes and Very Clever Stuff that it makes your head hurt to think about.Posted 6 years ago
Chickenhawk I read (and loved) many moons ago. Matterhorn I have ready to read (a lot of folk recommend) but at 700+ pages I want to enjoy some shorter novels that arent about bombs and bullets…..I’ve read a lot of military history and novels.
Have actually made a NY resolution – only reading fiction in 2012Posted 6 years agoIHNMember
I read John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden 25 years apart and think both are utterly outstanding. I reckon any author who can seem as brilliant to you at 46 as 21 has to be pretty good.
+1 (except 35 and 17 in my case).
Also, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Wonderful, wonderful book.Posted 6 years agofinbarMember
Loads of excellent suggestions so far. I’ll add anything by Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game are two of my favourite books.
Next on my list of books i ought to read is The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maughn (though what i’m actually reading is The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb).
I’d also like to read some Waugh. Where’s a good place to start?Posted 6 years agonoteethMember
Second my My Name is Red by Orhun Pamuk – fantastic book.
Also second McCarthy – Blood Meridian is stunning, although Suttree, The Orchard Keeper and The Crossing are probably my faves.
If you are a fan of 19th century historical
factionfiction, The siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell is an excellent read – a bitingly funny, if grim, account of the British in India, by an author whose life was cut tragically short.
I’m currently waiting on a library copy of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt – seems to have good reviews.Posted 6 years ago
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