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Next Up: White Teeth

Published in 2000, White Teeth is one of the most recent novels on the Time list.

And I’ve got to tell you guys that, after reading the first two chapters, I’m kind of in love with this novel. It’s entertaining, engaging, and seriously funny.

I’ll get more into the story in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a few notes about White Teeth and its author, Zadie Smith: Read more

Next Up: Brideshead Revisited

Hello again, Evelyn Waugh.

I last read Mr. Waugh’s (yes, Evelyn is a guy) work when I tackled my 49th book from the list, A Handful of Dust, which is also currently ranked #19 in my rankings.

Now it’s time to dive into Brideshead Revisited, a novel which some critics say was his best effort.

A few facts about Brideshead Revisited and Evelyn Waugh: Read more

Next Up: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

So now that Naked Lunch is gone with all its Nakedness, I’m excited to move on to the next novel.

Enter The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

What do I know about this novel? Nothing.

What do I now about this novel’s author, Muriel Spark? Nothing.

Except I did research a few facts for all of us: Read more

Next Up: Naked Lunch

Okay, then, here we go with Naked Lunch.

William Burroughs writes in an experimental style—imagine William Faulkner as a beat writer. I believe I’ll really need to focus to stay with this one…it just has that feeling. According to Wikipedia, “Naked Lunch is a non-linear narrative that is difficult to describe in terms of plot.” Oh good.

Plus, oh yeah, lots of drug use and sketchiness.

So here are a few quick facts about Naked Lunch and its author, William Burroughs: Read more

Next Up: Housekeeping

No, I’m not about to tell you my honey-do list. That’s the name of the book–Housekeeping.

I know absolutely nothing about this one, and I’ve never read anything from Marilynne Robinson.

So with that ringing endorsement, let’s all learn a little about Housekeeping in today’s preview: Read more

Next Up: A House for Mr. Biswas

You guys voted for the next novel last week, and A House for Mr. Biswas it is.

This novel is V.S. Naipaul’s only appearance on the Time list. Time describes the novel as such:

A House for Mr. Biswas is the life story of a man who wanted only a home, but who was a magnet for misfortune, oppression and humiliation, “a wanderer with no place he could call his own, with no family except that which he was to attempt to create out of the engulfing world of the Tulsis.” Mohun’s survival is a triumph of resilience and persistence and humor, an epic of dignity and self-respect doggedly clung to.

A few other facts about A House for Mr. Biswas and V.S. Naipaul: Read more

Next Up: Lucky Jim

I’m ready to move on from the intensity of The Confessions of Nat Turner and read something a little lighter. Enter Lucky Jim.

Lucky Jim was written by Kingsley Amis, and it portrays the sad but comical life of an English professor in post-war England.

The character of Jim is based on Amis himself, as well as influenced by his friendship with the poet Philip Larkin.

Some quick facts about Lucky Jim and Kingsley Amis: Read more

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