Re: Nominations for 2012
Posted by Steven on 12/9/2011, 16:41:38, in reply to "Re: Nominations for 2012"
I didn't take it that anyone was against old and English literature, or that Sterling's nominations were in any way inappropriate. I think we all like to have some variety in our selections, so I thought it would be fun to come up with an "anti-Dickens" list. I know next to nothing about any of these authors; I just picked up some ideas from sources such as the Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide to World Fiction. The only one I've read anything by is Laura Restrepo. I am the last person on earth to be called "politically correct," and I probably wouldn't have voted for any of them myself anyway. |
: Please don't be concerned, Guillermo. I genuinely
: appreciate the international focus of our group. No
: You know, we could certainly skip the Allende and now
: I certainly do not want to read Poniatowska. I was
: thinking, though, much as I was charmed by Steven's
: "living non-white (or at least non-English
: speaking) females" list, maybe you could suggest
: an extraordinary Mexican novel (even if written by a
: dead male).
: --Previous Message--
: I am mortified and worried about having been
: misinterpreted: I LOVE English literature: shame on
: me, I am more knowledgeable of English than Spanish
: literature; and I LOVE old literature, I prefer books
: that have passed the test of time, although of course
: I like to experiment with novelties some times. So I
: was not complaining about Sterling's list, which, as I
: said, I would read joyfully.
: Now, some of Steven's anti-Dickens sound very
: interesting, although I have the feeling that some of
: the others are politically correct stuff that I don't
: like. Isabel Allende: I hated the movie so much that I
: would be willing to give the novel a try (though my
: suspicion is that I won't like it). And I would never
: read any novel written by Poniatowska, Steven's
: Mexican selection. The woman is, in muy humble
: opinion, despicable, and a fraud (I hope she's not
: your friend, Steven). I will look for a Mexican female
: author translated to English, as a competitor with
: Poniatowska for our attention.
: --Previous Message--
: What an interesting list, Steven! The only one I have
: even heard of is The House of Spirits, which I have
: not read (but have intended to read).
: Same here. I have actually seen the movie of this
: book, with Meryl Streep.
: Steven, I have Elif Shafak's the Bastard of Istanbul,
: maybe the two of us can read that book off-line. I
: don't like this author as a person, I have watched
: interviews with her and I wasn't impressed, but I
: would like to give her writing a chance.
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