[FoRK] Shakespeare and Lawrence
Damien Morton <
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Tue Jun 13 13:19:34 PDT 2006
Hmm, looking over my bookshelf and the two most loved books are...
Arthur Koestler (non-fiction) "The Sleepwalkers", and Herman Hesse "The
glass bead game".
A stage production of "The glass bead game" would be interminable,
however, and a musical treatment...
> If we're doing modern writers now, I'll have to vote for Martin Amis.
> London Fields was the last book I read multiple times.
> Elias Sinderson wrote:
>> Malcolm Greenshields wrote:
>>> Elias Sinderson wrote:
>>>> Malcolm Greenshields wrote:
>>>>> For a good time read Shakespeare, Alice Munro, Henry Miller, Cormac
>>>>> Mcarthy, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Raymond Chandler, and especially Jane
>>>> In that order? ;-)
>>>> Honestly, since you mentioned him, I consider McCarthy to be one of
>>>> Americas national treasures. From what I understand, I am not alone
>>>> in this.
>>> Me too, though I'm not American. The last, No Country for Old Men,
>>> blew me away and the Crossing earlier did as well. For a real hoot
>>> reading dialogue, Elmore Leonard.
>> Pity that I haven't had time to pick up McCarthy's latest work, so I
>> can't comment on it directly, but his earlier stuff is nothing short
>> of genius. The Border Trilogy is really good, albeit a bit of a sad
>> tale, however Blood Meridian remains my favorite of his books. Some
>> people complain about the graphic nature of some scenes, but the book
>> is set in the Spanish - American war and, guess what, it was a
>> terrible mess to be involved in - It is a terrific piece of work,
>> regardless. There is a rawness to McCarthy's prose that takes a bit of
>> getting used to, especially the way sentences will stretch into
>> paragraphs but there is no mistaking the sense of greatness;
>> comparisons to Faulkner are many and frequent.
>> My familliarity with Elmore Leonard ends with film adaptations, but I
>> know he is somewhat prolific... perhaps time to pick up one of his
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