Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
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Modern Classics

I've bought a new book to take on my upcoming holiday.

This is pure self-indulgence, since I am currently in possession of not just a to-read pile but an entire to-read bookcase. I'd never heard of novel or author before I saw it in a pile in Foyles, but how could I resist an alleged modern classic about fighter planes in the Korean war?

callmemadam has written a list of Modern Novels with that 'wow' factor - the original, intriguing, funny ones you re-re-reread, and press upon your friends at every opportunity - and bemoans how thin on the ground they are. So here's my list.

  • Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  • Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
  • Empire of the Sun - J. G. Ballard
  • Lives of the Monster Dogs - Kirsten Bakis
  • Beatniks - Toby Litt
  • The Solitaire Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
  • The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
  • Mort - Terry Pratchett
  • Watership Down - Richard Adams
  • The Looking-Glass War - John LeCarré
  • The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Mum's stipulation that writers should be living rules out, alas, Catch-22, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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