Month: December 2014

Literary Snobbery Series

The LSS Book List, Part 10

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1919, M) – A short story cycle with the town’s newspaper reporter as its main character, this book this have much in terms of plot. But in terms of emotions, it packs a wallop. It is raw, honest, and just tenderly beautiful. This is Anderson’s most famous work and considered by many critics as his masterpiece. After finishing it, I consider it as the best book that I have ever read. If you love modernist works and if you value characters over plot, this is a good book to pick. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009, L) – It is a bit of a struggle to get into the narrative voice of the first book of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series. I even had to reread it when I lost it. But when you get into and attune yourself into its rhythm, it does deliver. The pronoun usage may be confusing, but the thrill and court intrigue can …

Literary Snobbery Series

The LSS Book List, Part 9

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927, L) – Known as one of those difficult landmark novels of modernism, this is a novel that tackles on life’s difficult questions. Simply put, it’s about the Ramsays’ trip to the lighthouse postponed for nearly a decade. We all know that, but what we need to know are the little miracles that the author has created in depicting the lives and thoughts of the novel’s characters. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (2000, L) – Who is Ned Kelly? Is he a hero or a villain? If you are interested to read an alternate history of the infamous person, read this. Caveat emptor: this is written as if an illiterate person wrote it. Well, it is supposed to be an autobiography of Ned Kelly himself. As it goes with most autobiographies, this is one that seeks for the truth. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Veinte poemas de amor y …

Literary Snobbery Series

The LSS Book List, Part 8

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore) by Luigi Pirandello (1921, M) – A theater company are in the middle of a play rehearsal when six people disrupt them. According to them, they are characters who have unfinished stories. Hence, they are demanding for their stories to be told. The director of the company agrees, and what follows is absurdity that blurs reality from fiction. Snow Country (Yukiguni) by Yasunari Kawabata (1935, M) – A man from Tokyo and a geisha from a hot spring town have a love affair. The geisha develops her artistry to be as refined as the city geishas. The man from Tokyo falls for another woman. The scenes in this book are short but there is something overarching above them in a grand manner, as if the scenes were trying to portray something bigger than their own. Steps by Jerzy KosiƄski (1968, H) – I’m not even sure if this is a …