Thursday, December 01, 2011

Literary Blog Hop: For the Lit Newbies

Literary Blog Hop

I've never done one of these before, but this sounded fun and interesting.  I'm participating in the Literary Blog Hop, hosted by The Blue Bookcase

What work of literature would you recommend to someone who doesn't like literature?

Before I get started, let's just agree that every time the word "literature" is used it's mean to be pronounced with a snooty british accent.  Okay?  Good.

Look, my first instinct is go with Skippy Dies because it wasn't hard and the story was good (great!), but if I really think about the people in my life who aren't into literature then I know that Skippy Dies isn't quite right.  I think something more genre-specific might be more appropritate, like Lev Grossman's The Magician King.  For all the millions of people that love the Harry Potter novels, The Magician King makes for a nice adult version of a similar story.  An alternate might be Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell if your someone is more into victorian-type stuff.

But if genre-fiction of the magical and fantasy variety isn't going to cut it then I'd have to go with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.  I loved (loved!) this book when I read it earlier this year.  It even made me cry some precious man-tears.  The writing is accessible, but Foer still uses some literary pyrotechnics to make it really pop.

So here's the final list.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Runner up:
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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