Hello :) from your tumblr it looks as though you're an avid reader, I'm a law student and, through my own failings, find it difficult to make it through to the end of a long book, regardless of how much I enjoy reading it.
I was wondering if you could recommend me some short novels? I love reading Angela Carter, J.D Salinger and F.Scott Fitzgerald, but I want to diversify and you seem like the perfect person to ask!
Hi! I love getting asked for recommendations, so thank you very much :)
Right down to business, short but brilliant books:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid - I only finished this book yesterday and it’s a great quick read (I read it over three days on my 20min tube journeys). It’s written in a very clear accessible voice which makes it effortless to read. It’s about a Pakistani man who is educated in America and works there. It explores the relationship between the East and West but in a personal non-politcal heavy way which is why I really liked it.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy Also very short and totally gripping. Written in short paragraphs so I found that I whizzed through it in a couple of days. Surprising non-depressing considering is post-apocolypic setting.
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell Again this is a recent read (I wanted to read it before I saw the film). It’s about a girl, Ree, in the Ozarks region of America, a really cold extreme environment who trying to find her father. Lots of mean characters and some really beautiful sentences. Again the short chapters make it very readable.
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys written in the 20s it’s the only Modernist novel on my English course that I’d read again for pure enjoyment. Set in Paris is the short and tragic(ish) story of a women wanderings and memory of the past.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks such a great book that I think this generation may have missed out on. I just love the character of Miss Brodie and her creme de la creme. Funny and witty and a nice little read.
I guess if you want short story writers, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Margaret Atwood and A. S. Byatt are my favourites. Angela Carter (who’s my favourite author!) edited a collection of short stories called Wayward Girls and Wicked Women which has a good mix of tales.
Hopefully that’s enough to be getting on with! Sorry I can get a bit carried away. Let me know if you read any and what you think and if you’ve got any books to recommend to me (I’ve got a bit of a bias towards female writers who write about women… so something different would be good)