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?
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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