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Sunday, 28 February 2010

A wasted youth and the novels of Margaret Atwood

Off the back of my previous post (Top 10 Novels of All Time), there were a number of people suggesting that Margaret Atwood should feature in anyone's Top 10.

I am, of course, familiar with the name having acquired one of her novels for reading during my English Literature degree many moons ago; but I must confess that, like many novels I "read" during that period, I suspect I may have read the first quarter, looked at the blurb on the back, quickly scanned the internet for an even quicker run-down of what it was all about, and then - realising I knew next to nothing about it - kept quiet during the end of week discussions on those novels and hoped that my enthusiastic smiling and nodding would be sufficient to get away with pride and credit intact.

My wrists should be duly slapped, I know.

Still, time has moved on - as has my ability to start, finish and contemplate a novel - and while I no longer possess that copy of Margaret Atwood's novel that I so diligently ignored in my youth, I must admit that my interest in (re)discovering her novels has been piqued.

Therefore, a request to those stumbling upon this post today... what are Margaret Atwood's finest novels and which one is best for introducing her talents?

I await suggestions with interest.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Top 10 Novels of All Time...

This is a listing that is always subject to great conjencture, even within my own mind, but at the time of writing this post, my current top 10 stands like so...

10 -- The Alchemist (by Paulo Coelho)
9   -- The Time Traveller's Wife (by Audrey Niffenegger)
8   -- Shadow of the Wind (by Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
7   -- Atonement (by Ian McEwan)
6   -- The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini)
5   -- The Lovely Bones (by Alice Sebold)
4   -- To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee)
3   -- The English Patient (by Michael Ondjaate)
2   -- Bleak House (by Charles Dickens)
1   -- The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)
0   -- Ghostwritten (by David Mitchell)
-1  -- A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Hosseini)

It's a list, I'll give it that.  And it's a list that is two longer than the announced ten.  Oh well.

And while I've put them in some degree of order, these novels tend to float around their relative positions on an almost daily basis.  Feel free to disagree/agree, spit on and abuse, as you will.  Nice suggestions will, of course, be posted.

I'll be adding some reasons behind my thinking in due course, but for the time being...

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Randomisation of Facts and Figures

Yes, well, as you can see, posts to this blog to date have been rare in the extreme.  However, we will be pulling our finger out of the proverbial in due course and blogging with abandon... unfortunately, today is not that day.