December 2013: Suggested Reading

Le VoyeurI have previously explained that although I suggest a new book each day that should be worth reading, I often have not read it myself and therefore cannot truly recommend it other than based on what I have heard or read or possibly the reputation of the author. Being an inveterate list maker I keep all these suggestions at hand when I make up my own reading lists. It’s sometimes funny when I look back at much older suggestions and cannot remember what I was thinking when I made the recommendation. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.

Still, these are the titles I highlighted during December. I have marked those I have read in blue so I might be able to make further comments if you are interested in reading one of those books yourself.

(Blue = I Read It)

12-01-13 – The Yearling — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins
12-02-13 – The Singapore Grip — J. G. Farrell
12-03-13 – Aloft— Chang-rae Lee
12-04-13 – Le Voyeur — Alain Robbe-Grillet
12-05-13 – The Yellow Rain — Julio Llamazares
12-06-13 – White Teeth — Zadie Smith
12-07-13 – Kitchen — Banana Yoshimoto
12-08-13 – Gertrude and Claudius — John Updike
12-09-13 – Chronicle in Stone — Ismail Kadare
12-10-13 – Flying to America — Donald Barthelme
12-11-13 – Lavinia — Ursula K. Le Guin
12-12-13 – Wearing Dad’s Head – Barry Yourgrau
12-13-13 – Wolf Dreams — Yasmina Khadra
12-14-13 – Imperial — William T.  Vollmann
12-15-13 – Two On a Tower — Thomas Hardy
12-16-13 – Zeroville — Steve Erickson
12-17-13 – Operation Wandering Soul – Richard Powers
12-18-13 – Act of the Damned — António Lobo Antunes
12-19-13 – Duane’s Depressed — Larry McMurtry
12-20-13 – The Subjection of Women — John Stuart Mill
12-21-13 – It Can’t Happen Here — Sinclair Lewis
12-22-13 – The View from the Seventh Layer — Kevin Brockmeier
12-23-13 – The House of Blue Mangoes — David Davidar
12-24-13 – The Interrogation — J. M. G. Le Clézio
12-25-13 – No Name — Wilkie Collins
12-26-13 – The Guiltless — Hermann Broch
12-27-13 – Les Derniers jours – Raymond Queneau
12-28-13 – Battle Cry – Leon Uris
12-29-13 – Tomorrow In the Battle Think of Me— Javier Marías
12-30-13 – ‘ / ( ) – Frederick Mark Kramer
12-31-13 – Pragmatism — William James

3 responses

    • What about Alain Robbe-Grillet?

      He has been my favorite author for over fifty years. You will note the cover of the edition I used for this post, it’s like my personal copy from the 1960s (only not a worn out). I highly recommend R-G but there is some question whether his concept of the nouveau roman ever had the effect on literature that was intended.

      Even so the nouveau roman is excellent training for the mind and certainly demonstrates the need to read carefully. You should also look into the other authors who are so classified (especially Marguerite Duras and Robert Pinget).

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