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245 2/3. The Golden Bowl by Henry James.
Incredibly internal and intimate novel. I struggled with sections that felt meandering but overall I found it a very impressive work.
246 2/3. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Not to my taste sort of meandered along. Wrote this review before seeing the above. I think I might need to read some more modern literature for a while as I appear to have gone off the 'classics'.
247 2/3. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad.
Spy thriller that clearly heavily influenced le Carre. I really enjoyed the slow burn into incandescence.
248 2/3. London Fields by Martin Amis.
A frightful glimpse into the lower and criminalised middle class of London.
249 2/3. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
Delightful and dense and beautiful to read. I found this thoroughly enjoyable and hope to come back to it in 10 years for a second read.
250 2/3. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence.
Enjoyed this slow meander through the three generations of the Brangwen family.
252 2/3. What Maisie Knew by Henry James.
Not sure what it was about this one but thus far my favourite of the James novels I've read. The story of Maisie stuck between her parents vitriol was somehow beautiful.
253 2/3. The enormous room by E. E. Cummings.
Amazing and enjoyable glimpse into the rich internal world of e.e. cummings.
254 2/3. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd.
Dyer, Hawksmoor, Dyer circling throughout the novel. Great fun and confusing with beautiful turns of phrase.
255 2/3. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
Fascinating alternate history for World War II if American antisemitism was slightly more potent.
256 2/3. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
Lovely magical realism and wish I knew more about post-colonial India.
257 2/3. The Master by Colm Tóibín.
Compellingly realistic glimpse into a very believable inner life of Henry James.
258 2/3. Moon Palace by Paul Auster.
Marco Stanley Fogg's search for identity through the various father (and father figures) relationships. Enjoyable slow burning novel with a sense of magic woven throughout.
260 2/3. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James.
Enjoyable fare, Americans in Europe.
262 2/3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Just amazing, I can see why it is often described as a foundation of the modern novel. In many ways it reads like it was written last week rather than more than 400 years ago.
EDIT Just watched the Terry Gillam "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", would highly recommend it as a great presentation of the story.
263 2/3. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott.
Having just been through Scotland the description of the highlands was enjoyably evocative for me. The setting during the Jacobite rising definitely piqued my interest in the relationship between Scotland and England.
>19 brakketh: I also visited Scotland this year. I'll have to give this book a try because I also have an interest in the Jacobite wars.
>20 gypsysmom: Hope you find it calls to mind the Scottish countryside as strongly for you as it did for me.
264 2/3. A Maggot by John Fowles.
Ever since reading The Collector for a school assignment I've had a soft spot for John Fowles writing. The style drawing from letters and interviews, the lack of resolution and just beautiful writing all made this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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