Donnerstag, 8. Februar 2018

The Shortest Novels Written by 20 Authors You Should’ve Read By Now

So you want to get into Pynchon (or Bolaño, or Morrison, or Woolf) but you’re short on time—and perhaps on attention span? Click no further, reader. There are plenty of famous authors whose work, while appealing in theory, may seem impenetrable—whether because the books themselves are notoriously difficult or because they’ve written so many books that you don’t know where to start. Sure, you could start with their most famous book, but if your real, secret goal is to only say you’ve read so-and-so at your next party (and not be lying), why not start with their shortest? To aid you in your worthwhile endeavor, I’ve sought out the shortest novels written by a selection of difficult writers. I’ve excluded nonfiction and short stories in my estimation, but allowed novellas, since the definition of the novella is hazy at best. Also note that the exact page count of most of these texts varies by edition, so my number may not exactly match the one you have on your shelf at home. Beyond that, feel free to add on to this list in the comments section. .... 



It’s less the length and more the crushing pessimism and ubiquitous violence that makes McCarthy’s work difficult for many to get into, but still—fewer pages, fewer opportunities for bloodshed. Not that Child of God isn’t horribly violent and upsetting, mind you. (It’s about a necrophiliac.) ... http://lithub.com/the-shortest-novels-written-by-20-authors-you-shouldve-read-by-now/

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