Novels you've enjoyed lately
I've never been much of one for short stories but I'm reading The Canterbury Tales in the 14th century English. I love the grammar, the gentle rhythm and all the - what I take to be - Norse and northern vernacular edges. With each passing page, I find myself looking less and less often at the glossary and finding my own English in his. I'm becoming very proud to be a countryman of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Also, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.
Purple Hibiscus / Adichie
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto ECO. Aside from its wicked sense of humour, its dancing prose, its riveting narrative voice and its genuinely disturbing moments, it is remarkable for being a parody of Dan Brown - ten years before Brown produced his blockbluster.
Hi, Draco! I don't know Purple Hibiscus - something to hunt out.
(And I love Chaucer, too, Phil!)
Steinbeck/ The winter of our discontent.
Funny, perceptive, careful family / community drama, beautifully written.