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Reading Any Current Literary Novels?

markdf pointed out an article on Atlantic.com.

I hear talk about classics. Works by Dickens, Clemens, Bronte, Melville. And I hear talk about works that are "current" -- i.e., works written since the turn of the century. There are enough LJ posts in the book challenges I can pick and choose something that isn't genre fiction, branching out from our little "ghetto" here.

I'm curious, though, as to what current "literary" novels people read more than once?

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jimvanpelt
Aug. 30th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm always reading what I'm teaching, so I'm hilt deep into Camus's THE STRANGER right now. Then I'll move on to A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, followed by THE GREAT GATSBY.
stevenagy
Aug. 31st, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm pressed to find something current, though, that I don't approach with feelings of trepidation. I'm such a genre person, slumming in SF, F, mystery, thriller. Everything else seems overhyped. Not that there aren't gems. I look forward to exploring Chabon at great length. And I've flirted with the Aubrey and Maturin books. That's me being picky, of course.

I find that I fall back to works like Slaughterhouse Five or Catch-22, which I remember with great fondness. It's almost as if the "current" literary works have to stand a test of time before I'm able to give them due.

The last "literary" novel I picked up was The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, and that's so firmly rooted in genre fiction it probably doesn't count.

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