I’m surprised that I’ve read 9 of the 15 books on this list of Modern Classic novels since I tend to read non-fiction these days. Not only that but I really love several of these books.
Here are my reviews of the books I’ve read:
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (****)
- Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides (****)
- The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (***1/2)
- The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (***1/2)
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith (**1/2)
- Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (****)
- A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (****1/2)
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (*****)
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (no review available) (****)
I think from the remaining books I’d like to read Cloud Atlas and maybe Kafka on the Shore.
What are your modern classics?
Originally posted on Qwiklit:
People may tell you that literature is dying, but plenty of authors are hard at work redefining the book world with groundbreaking and mind-bending works sure to be read and reread for quite some time. With so many books vying to be the next “Great American Novel”, this is merely a list of those who have earned their eminence and moved a generation some believed was devoid of literacy. Let us know what makes your list of modern classics in the comments.
1. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
What is it about?
Spanning three generations, this novel chronicles a hermaphrodite’s shift in gender identity in 1960’s Detroit. The story jumps between Greece, Detroit and San Francisco in this moving coming-of-age tale with a twist.
Why you should read it:
While Oprah sang this novel’s praises by including it in her book club, Eugenides is a very skilled storyteller that understands…
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