Sunday, December 28, 2008

Short and Sweet

Janet Tay in today's Starmag writes about novellas - Little Books, Big Punches she calls them.

She strongly recommends to local readers (as I strongly endorse!) :
and reviews each of them. (In the print version of the newspaper, there is a 30% voucher for each of these titles from Kinokuniya.)

Two recent novellas I would add are Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, and Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, both shortlisted recently for the Booker prize.

I last wrote about novellas here and really do think they are a great way in to serious fiction for the reader who may be put off by the length of a full-length novel.

1 comment:

Greenbottle said...

3 of the more memorable novellas i read in recent years are:-

1) the house of papers - carlos maria dominguez (103 pp).it's about a book addict

2) lanzarote - michel houellebecq (87 pp). a 'right wing racist pornographer'-as some people described him.

3) hideous kinky- esther freud ( 192 pp)- an autobiographical novel set in marrakech by a daughter of lucien freud (one of my favorite western painters).


i wish all muslim friends a happy muslim new year 1430 a.h (maal hijrah) which falls on 29 Dec 08.