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Here Are The Next 5 Books

Here we go.

It’s time to take a look at the next five books I’ll be reading from the Time list, with your input and suggestions last week.

These novels will numbers 65-69, and I’ll start them once I finish Ubik. When I’m done reading this next batch, I’ll be more than two-thirds of the way finished with the list.

So here are the novels I’ve chosen, in no particular order.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A lot of you guys suggested this book. It’s actually one of my few remaining re-reads, as I read it in college. Looking forward to another visit with Zora Neale Hurston.

Possession: This novel, written by A.S. Byatt, won the Booker Prize in 1990. It’s one of the more recent novels on the list. Interesting fact about Possession: Byatt wrote the novel as a response to John Fowle’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which I currently have ranked in the top half of the first 64.

Call It Sleep: This one was written by Henry Roth, not to be confused with Philip, and published in 1934. The book, which is about a young boy growing up in a Jewish ghetto, was out of print for 30 years until Irving Howe put it on the cover of The New York Times Book Review in 1964. Then, it blew up.

Money: Another word for this novel, written by Martin Amis, might be “dirty.” The complete title is Money: A Suicide Note. The story is set in 1980s Hollywood, so that should about tell you all you need to know. On the bright side, it’s supposed to be funny.

The Day of the Locust: This short little book was written in 1939 by Nathanael West. It’s total coincidence that I picked this novel when it’s also set in Hollywood—this time during The Great Depression. Interesting that I’ll get to see Hollywood from two extremes, with Money being a portrait of excess. Small fact about this one: There’s a character named Homer Simpson. I’ll have to look into that.

So that’s what’s coming up on the blog in the next few months.

Any favorites here? What should I look out for?

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  1. Reblogged this on http://www.newsafrica.co.uk.

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    November 13, 2013
  2. teresa #

    I’m guessing that you will like Money – heavy-handed farce. Very masculine.

    Possession was a slog until I invested myself in it — which meant re-reading the first 100 pages. Once engrossed, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite inventive.

    Loved Their Eyes were Watching God

    I am half way through Snow by Orhan Pamuk. It’s both a farce and a delicately crafted novel investigating the political and religious struggles among Turkey’s right-wing government, the Kurds and young Islamic fundamentalists. Another author for you once you are done with the list.

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  3. The movie version of Day of the Locust is what has made me scared of Donald Sutherland.
    I’ll be interested in hearing how that book goes!

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  4. Shawntaye #

    Oh, Their Eyes Were Watching God. I haven’t read it since high school. I remember loving it, but I really can’t remember details. I’m looking forward to your posts.

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  5. deweydecimalsbutler #

    One of my favorite novels to teach is Their Eyes Were Watching God. I have to try really hard to swallow the lump in my throat near the end of the book. All entire book is such finely crafted prose. Every. Single. Page. It doesn’t just have good sections; everything in it is gorgeous. I enjoyed blogging about it when I first started my blog. I’m interested in what you have to say on it.

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    • That’s the one everyone wanted me to read. I read it a long time ago, but looking forward to reading it again.

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      November 13, 2013
  6. I loved Possession! I don’t think I moved until I finished reading it. Enjoy 🙂

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    November 13, 2013
  7. I’m starting Their Eyes Were Watching God tomorrow. A teenager I know has to read it for high school and email with an adult about it. I’m kind of excited.

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    November 13, 2013
  8. I enjoyed Money but know many who didn’t. It’s certainly different to the other four.

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    November 13, 2013
  9. Haven’t read any of these. Interested in your feedback.

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  10. I read Possession this year, too. It’s a long and masterful novel which I found riveting in parts. I’m not sure about the poetry—it seemed to me a bit self-conscious or indulgent of the author, as in, “Look—I’m also an amazing poet”. But that might just be me. I like poetry on its own and I like novels on their own, but not the two together.

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    • It’s been years since I read it, but I think my reaction was similar. I remember skipping over lots of pages that had nothing to do with the story. Skipping parts is rare for me, but I enjoyed the rest of Possession.

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  11. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on Their Eyes Were Watching God…I read it in university and I wonder what I would think of it now so many years later. Also, Money sounds pretty interesting – haven’t read it, so will look for your insights on that one if it should be a tbr.

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  12. Lucille #

    I’ve read Their Eyes… twice, neither time a classroom assignment. Hurston’s personal story is complex yet so wonderfully full. I hope you have time to read a biography too; I recommend Wrapped in Rainbows and a book of her letters. I have lived in FL all my life (a looong one) and her description of the weather incident at the end, pre-forecasting, is chilling. Finding myself between books at the moment, I may have to read it again, along with you.

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    November 13, 2013
  13. Only one I’ve read is Their Eyes Were Watching God. But I really enjoyed it. Good luck with the rest!

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  14. Three cheers for Their Eyes Were Watching God!

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    November 14, 2013
  15. I’ve read all of these except Money, but it’s been years since I did. A spot of re-reading may be in order this winter!

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  16. The opening line in Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of my favorites in afro-literature. I just posted about it a few weeks ago: http://afrolibrarians.com/2013/10/22/10greatopeninglines/

    Happy reading and kudos about being two-thirds of the way through! Your blog has inspired me toward making a similar – though much less ambitious – goal for 2014.

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    November 14, 2013

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