Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - Great Novelists

Thirteen Authors That I Really Admire PUPSKI

1…Louise Erdrich - I find her writing fresh and inspirational, it is gritty without being too disturbing and usually I can't put her books down until i have read the whole thing! Favourite: Tacks

2...Mervyn Peake - The Gormenghast books have been favourite since I was a teenager, but Peake was also a talented artist and illustrator. Reading Peake will take you to a fantastical yet slightly dark fantasy world.

3...T. C. Boyle - I only came to his writing relatively recently. His books are gritty yet humourous with undercurrents of truth shot through. Best read - Drop City.

4...Esther Freud - I really like Esther Freud. Her books are often set in Norfolk and Suffolk and she writes in a way that you feel you might know the chracters. Her books are atmospheric, emotionally charged you find yourself swept along by them like a boat at high tide. Best read : The Sea House.

5...Alice Hoffman - wow, Alice Hoffman is such a great writer, and her books are always different so you never know what to expect. She really knows how to make you attached to a character yet then once you are hooked you might discover some dark secret or quirk that you weren't expecting. Best read: Blue Diary

6...Tolkien - yes corny I know but sometimes those oldies are the best. I have included Tolkien because both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit made a huge impact on me as a child. I read both of them to my son a year or so ago and really enjoyed them again. you have to admire the mans vision.

7...Ellen Gilchrist - very different from the other authors on my list. I got into Ellen Gilchrists novels when I was about 18, and there isn't one I haven't enjoyed. In reality I would never relate to her characters and i probably wouldn't like some of them. But she writes in a funny and sympathetic manner and I find I want to know more about what happens to them. She has also written several books of short stories which I really enjoyed. Best reads: "Light can be Both Wave and Particle", "I cannot Get You Close Enough", "In the Land of Dreamy Dreams".

8...Tobias Wolff - Most well known for his semi-autobiographical novel "This Boy's Life" that was made into a film starring Robert De Nero and Leonardo Di Caprio. However Wolff is a versatile and riveting writer. His perfered genre seems to be the short story which he excels at. Best Reads: "The Night in Question", "Hunters in the Snow".

9...Michael Doris - Despite the contoversy around Michael Dorris and his death several years ago, there is no getting away from the fact that he was an extremely good writer and depite my feelings abot hihis personal life - I still love his novels. Best read: "yellow Raft in Blue Water"

10...Donna Tartt - although she has so far only written two books, Donna Tartt is a truly excellent writer, I enjoyed her first novel "A Secret History" several years ago, but didn't expect her second to be very good. How wrong I was, The Little Friend is a novel stuffed to the gills with detail, mood and evocative description - yet I never lost the thread of what was goingg on and I was desperate to see how it would all end. My only disappointment was that when I finished that there were no more books by this author to read!

11...Carolyn Chute - I first read work by Carolyn Chute more than 10 years ago and have been slightly disappointed that more of her work has not been published. her novels are are a great mix of humour and drama. Best reads: "The Beans of Egypt, Maine", "Letourneau' Used Auto Parts".

12....Peter Dickinson - I have included Peter Dickinson as he was one of my early influences. One of my middle school teachers read us the book "heartsease" when we were 11 years old and I was entranced (the book was later made into a children's tv series called The Changes). Dickinson writes about a world gone mad, where people have turned against machinery and gone back to living in semi dark ages style. As a child I found these ideas both terrifying and entrancing. The Changes trilogy is well worth a read if you come across them even now.

13...Barbara Kingsolver - Another writer who writes with passion and integrity. I haven't liked all her work, her novel The Poisonwood Bible left me cold. But I loved her earlier work especially "The Bean Trees" and "Pigs in Heaven", Kingsolvers books contain deep insight into the human condition our realtionship to one anotherLinks to other Thursday Thirteens!

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2. moogie

3. divap

4. lisa

5. fatedhearts

6. karen

7. janet

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Louise said...

Haven't heard of most of these authors. But I do like Donna Tartt. You have inspired me to find their books - except Tolkein, cannot get into Lord of the Rings at all, no matter how hard I try.

My TT is up

Moogie said...

I haven't heard of most of these on your list. I haven't read any of them but now I think I'll need to go check them out.

My TT is up!

DivaP said...

What a great idea for a T 13! I am not familiar with these authors, but you've inspired me to check them out when I finish my current book "Family History" by Dani Shapiro. Thanks for visiting my T-13!

Lisa said...

I haven't heard of too many of those authors. Guess I need to take myself to the Library! At least I'll have some summer reading now!

Thanks for stopping by my 13!

FatedHearts said...

I havent tried any of those authors in your list but I saw a book by Alice Hoffman before but well, reading your view abt her, I think I'll go and buy that blue diary and read it hehehe

Great book list. Happy TT

Karen said...

I like some of those- but I need to come back & make a list- always looking for great books!!

Anonymous said...

waddaya think of Richard Bach?

Love Story - A bridge across forever and Illusions - The adventures of a reluctant messiah had a big impact on me for a long time.

and there were no pictures...

Janet ( said...

Tolkien is my favorite! He was just such an amazing writer. Did you like the movies?

Alice Hoffman & Barbara Kingsolver are good, and I'm surprised you've heard of Carolyn Chute, I thought she was more a local author! The Beans of Egypt Maine was such a great book!

pupski said...

Richard Bach - yes he was one of my favourites abot 15 years ago - had a big influence on me back then. I think I still have a couple of his books.

I really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films - especially the first one, I thought they did a very good job - plus I thought Aragorn was incredibly sexy!