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So pls recommend me one.
Also, if you haven't read it, Slaughterhouse 5 can be read in one sitting
Jekyll & Hyde
The Diamond as Big As The Ritz
you should really try and read the American translation 'The Stranger' and not the English 'The Outsider'. cos the latter is a really shitty translation and it's a pity that pretty much everyone ends up reading that one.
There's one that I think maybe only just came out that's supposed to be better than the first one.
the metamorphosis - KAFKA
cats cradle/slaughter house 5/etc. - VONNEGUT
the rum diary - hunter s thomspon
Notes from the Underground by Dostoevsky
They're all pretty short and 100% awesome.
I can be more assertive if you like:
Bonjour Tristesse. Heart of Darkness.
by having to translate the whole thing from French to English for AS level. Which is a shame, as I know I'd have loved it if it weren't tied in with such awful memories.
you weren't tempted to buy an english version and subtly alter it to make it look like your own translation?
Luckily (hmmmm) teacher had that translation to a 't' and caught me out.
I wouldn't call that short.
'It follows a caterpillar as it munches its way through a variety of edibles such as ice cream, salami, watermelon, one slice of Swiss cheese, and a lollipop before it finally pupates and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.'
Of Mice And Men
Oh, and there's a list of some here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/apr/10/top10s.short.books
and Amsterdam by Ian McEwan.
The Brooklyn Follies
Maybe if you just read one or two of its books.
especially caravan thieves. It's a hell of an eye opener, that book.
by haruki murakami
Favourite book, veers around absurd and sad themes like other Thomas Pynchons but wraps up in about 150 pages.
That's so short it's practically a novella.
by Bohumil Hrabal.
Don't like the title much, but everything else about it is pretty much perfect. Grumpy old Czech paper-pulper gets pissed, is crap at job, tells amusing anecdotes. Learns everything and nothing from all the books which the Communists ban and he has to crush.
A lot funnier than that sounds. A lot more moving than that sounds. Brilliantly written. Have bought it or lent it to so many people over the last few years and everyone has loved it. Except possibly the last person who stole my copy and has disappeared. I'm unimpressed.
Read it on holiday last year, a beautifully characterised book
to make sleeping in the desert and eating cold beans sound as awesome as this one does.
Goddamn that sounds good
namely Dubliners by James Joyce (especially The Dead) and What We Talk About When We Talk bout Love by Raymond Carver.
Bukowski - Post Office
Henry Miller - Tropic of Capricorn (more short to medium length but got through it very quickly).
Any of his collections are more than worth a read, though What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is probably the 'classic' starting point.
WHAT ABOUT MY BODY, DAMMIT?
'Spot has gone missing and Negative Walrus Coalition are about to take to the stage.
His friends looked behind the anaemic Wire readers, but Spot was not behind the anaemic Wire readers.
Next they went to the merch stand, perhaps he was looking at the Hi! It's Lucy From HR label samplers? But Spot was not looking at the Hi! It's Lucy From HR label samplers.
'Hmmmm', they thought. Maybe Spot is at Burger King, irritating the fuck out of the staff, by enquiring as to whether the beef was organic and requesting that they provide him with the name of the farmer who reared it. But, Spot was not irritating the fuck out of the staff at burger King, by enquiring as to whether the beef was organic and requesting that they provide him with the name of the farmer who reared it.
'Oh!', Spot's friends exclaimed in unison. Perhaps Spot is buried under the weight of his own sheer self-regard and Spot was buried under the weight of his own sheer self regard!
Reunited, they all walked off to watch Negative Walrus Coalition's set, but took care to stand at the back, loudly tutting at anyone who appeared to be getting into the music and making wry comments about how they were better before they sold out.
All rights Reserved 2010.
Mind you, they shouldn't have bothered, because NWC went to shit after the triangle player left.
It's exceedingly good. Like Mr Kipplings cakes, only more existential.
It restored my faith in fiction.
(NB: The Outsider/The Stranger/L'Étranger = The same thing)
there are about 12 wonderful short stories in this, somewhere between Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hans Christian Andersen, and Spike Milligan.
i'm about 2/3 through and its been pretty amazing so far!
best thing i've read recently.
really rather short too.
that didn't start with you raping my mother.
That is just a terrible, terrible book.
It's a nice comment on the last moments before the teenager.
It's only a book and my opinion. I'm not advocating nuclear coffee.
the spy who came in from the cold
i remind myself that i want to read:
gogol short stories
that was alcxxk
I'm reading "A Winter Book", short stories by Tove Jansson, and they're excellent. Highly recommended. Alternatively, her "Comet in Moominland" is a stone-cold classic.
all my friends are super heroes
shoplifting from american apparel
by some people
i loved the bit about setting up a phoneline to ring so you can hear the owl and the pussycat.
also, tao lin = pretty good, but i haven't read shoplifting yet.
I finished that in an evening, it's flawed but enjoyable.
good incestous filth / guilt / sex story.
Herman Hesse - Siddhartha
Nathanael West - The Dream Life of Balso Snell / Miss Lonelyhearts / A Cool Million / The Day of the Locust
hopefully this will get me back into a reading habit :)
done and dusted pretty quickly, and quite a brilliant book.
Obvz A Clockwork Orange. Dead short, dead good.
I thouroughly recommened I Served the King of England.
Some other good short novels/authors who write good short novels:
Les Enfants Terribles
Heart of a Dog
My next book is a Confederacy of Dunces. Someone said Lanark above. Lanark is the Scottish Epic. Still, defo read it, it's in my top 3 favies.
all of them are now dead
Post office - Charles Bukowski
The Collector - John Fowles
Can't think of any others.
Crying Lot of 49? Yeah, it's short for him but I'm not exactly pacing through it.
Massive annoyance when it comes to ole Buk.
I just started a really short book by Muriel Barbery, "Gourmet Rhapsody", which I've not read enough of to say if it's great or not, but if it's anything like her amazing "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", it's highly recommendable. Actually, I would just recommend the latter. It's so engaging that you'll finish it in no time, anyway.
not a bit Richard and Judy book club?
but I think I can safely assume you haven't actually read the book?
Oh, this book appears to have been uttered from the mouths of Richard Mdely and Judy Finnegan, it can't be good.
I don't know what happened to him. cant be bothered to google.
no breakfast at tiffany's?
by Don Delillo FTW