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Previewing The Next 5 Novels

Last week I posted the list of books that I still have to read from the Time list—27 in all.

As I’m getting close to wrapping up Appointment in Samarra (it’s going by so quickly!), I thought I’d share with you guys the next five novels I’ve selected to read.

So here they are, in no particular order:

A House for Mr. Biswas: The only thing I really know about this novel is that it has received enormous amounts of critical praise and awards—and also that its author, V.S. Naipaul, has been known to make a few sexist comments in his day. From what I understand, the story tells the struggles Mr. Biswas has trying to buy a house.

The Confessions of Nat Turner: I’m looking forward to this one. The Confessions of Nat Turner is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by William Styron. It tells the first person account of Nat Turner during slave revolts in Virginia in 1831.

Lucky Jim: Lucky Jim is a short, satirical novel written by Kingsley Amis, the father of Martin Amis. I read Martin’s novel Money earlier this year. He’s one weird dude, so I’m rather intrigued to learn a little more about the man who raised him.

Naked Lunch: Well, I had to read it at some point, so here we go. I’ve heard a lot about Naked Lunch and most of the comments have been something like “I couldn’t finish that novel.” Oh good. I guess I’ll be finding out if all the negativity around this novel is justified.

Housekeeping: I’ve been putting off Marylyn Robinson’s Housekeeping for quite a while now, so this is another novel that I’ll just have to bear down and read. Being brutally honest, I just don’t like the title. It bores me. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.

So you can expect to hear a lot about these five novels over the next several months here at 101 Books.

You have any thoughts on any of these books?

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16 Comments Post a comment
  1. non

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    September 15, 2014
  2. Read Lucky Jim earlier this year after putting it off for a long time. (I bought my copy in 1976). Got to enjoy it more and more as it progressed. Not hilarious but made me laugh and care and keep turning the pages.

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    September 15, 2014
  3. Sail on and happy reading.

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    September 15, 2014
  4. I just read some of the “Housekeeping” reviews on Amazon and they are all over the place. Clearly, it’s a writer’s and deep reader’s kind of book. Being both, I was intrigued and downloaded it. It’s loaded with metaphor, which I love to unpack. I think the key is going to be reading slowly, with an eye to the language rather than plot. Good luck – to both of us! (And stay tuned: if it’s something I love, I’ll review it on my blog.)

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    September 15, 2014
    • Great. Keep me posted. I’ve heard a lot about Marylyn Robinson but have no idea what to expect.

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      September 16, 2014
  5. teresa #

    I started to read House for Mr. Biswas but didn’t get far. Maybe I’ll try to read along with you. I think are your assessment for how you will react to the five books is right on the mark.

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    September 15, 2014
  6. Hmmm

    Good luck with that? 🙂

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    September 15, 2014
  7. Mr Biswas was a challenge. Mom told me to finish it, it would be good for me. I think she told me that about Lima beans too. I did finish it. I don’t know that I am a better person for it.

    She also told me to read Lucky Jim, but I haven’t done so yet.

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    September 15, 2014
  8. MFBR #

    Naked Lunch is almost unreadable as a novel, but pretty sweet if you’re into being bombarded with completely chaotic flashes of violence and nightmarish filth.

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    September 17, 2014
  9. Well, I work in a library and I have never recommended it to anyone. Of course we don’t have it our library. I will be anxious to read your notes on the book.

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    September 17, 2014
  10. Liz #

    The next five make me feel well read since I read all but Naked Lunch. Patting self on back smugly. Now to “unsmug”…. I don’t think I really “got” most of them. Liked Nat Turner the best. House for Mr. Biswas the least. Lucky Jim was funny but not laugh out loud funny. I’ll be curious to hear what you think.

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    September 19, 2014
  11. Just some at times funny very well written stuff.

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    October 9, 2014

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