[FoRK] Shakespeare and Lawrence

Damien Morton < fork at bitfurnace.com > on > 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.
> Owen
> 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 
>>>>> Austen. 
>>>> 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 
>> novels?

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