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?