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need a shorter book

  • 29-11-2017 9:55pm
    #1
    Closed Accounts Posts: 995 737max


    I'm looking for something shorter e.g. 250 to 350 pages.
    I want something more literature than pulp.
    I don't mind flowery writing as long as the author doesn't lose the run of themselves.
    Not Irish.
    Not a collection of short stories.
    Not existential.
    Not financial.
    Not depressing.
    Not a whodunnit or Kafkaesque.
    Not Mills and Boon.
    Definitely not targeted at teenagers; they just don't hit the spot with me. tried that.
    Not published in the last 20 years i.e. stood the test of time.

    I won't be reading it in my native language.
    Completed a couple of books in a foreign language but the last one nearly killed me; Love in the Time of Cholera is a great book but not an easy read in another language and too long.
    Easy enough to find a book which isn't any of those things until you add the restriction of it not being over 350 pages long. If I were reading in English I'd have no problem with a longer book.

    Any suggestions?


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,879 ✭✭✭✭ Joe_ Public


    Must be 1000s of great slim novels out there. Though many great novels tend to be either existentialist or a bit depressing by nature.

    Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
    Scoop! - Evelyn Waugh
    Housekeeping- Marilanne Robinson
    Times Arrow - Amis

    A few I like anyway.


  • Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 23,070 Mod ✭✭✭✭ GLaDOS


    Animal Farm?

    Cake, and grief counseling, will be available at the conclusion of the test



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 995 737max


    Scoop! - Evelyn Waugh
    I like Waugh and I can't remember reading that one. I'll look in to that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,882 ✭✭✭ beans


    737max wrote: »
    Not Irish.
    Not a collection of short stories.
    Not existential.
    Not financial.
    Not depressing.
    Not a whodunnit or Kafkaesque.
    Not Mills and Boon.
    Definitely not targeted at teenagers; they just don't hit the spot with me. tried that.
    ...

    Any suggestions?

    Perfume by Patrick Suskind is the first book that springs to mind


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 995 737max


    Read it in the original language. Great book.


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