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"I Married a Communist" by Philip Roth.  I think it's part of a loose trilogy w/ American Pastoral and Human Stain, both of which I loved, esp Human Stain. 

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The Demick is good. I'd also recommend Bruce Cumings' North Korea book. He's unapologetically on the left, but is also a legit, long-standing expert, with research bona fides few can match.

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Currently reading The Winds of War by Herman Wouk.
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A piece on Craig Green and his work:
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And a bit of good 'ol Willy Shakes:

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Not sure whether this is the correct thread, so apologies upfront.

 

Need a book recommendation, not fussed whatever genre. Prefer thought provoking ones, rather than just entertainment.

 

For reference, these are some of my memorable reads (that I can remember):

 

Life of Pi- Yann Martel

The White Tiger- Adiga Aravinda

Red Mars- Kim Stanley Robinson (although I dont fancy the overly detailed descriptions)

The Professor and the Housekeeper- Yoko Ogawa

Dune- Frank Herbert

Wool- Hugh Howey

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The Sot-weed Factor?
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Not sure whether this is the correct thread, so apologies upfront.

Need a book recommendation, not fussed whatever genre. Prefer thought provoking ones, rather than just entertainment.

For reference, these are some of my memorable reads (that I can remember):

Life of Pi- Yann Martel
The White Tiger- Adiga Aravinda
Red Mars- Kim Stanley Robinson (although I dont fancy the overly detailed descriptions)
The Professor and the Housekeeper- Yoko Ogawa
Dune- Frank Herbert
Wool- Hugh Howey

Based on this information, I am prescribing that one book by Tea Obreht, or maybe Novel With Cocaine, or maybe Beckett's trilogy (thought-provoking, but without elaborate descriptions?). Or Remainder, by Tom McCarthy. Or The Architect of Ruins, by Rosendorfer. Those would seem to fit the bill.
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The Sot-weed Factor?
If that's a joke, then it's an admirably dry one.
@petepan: The Kite Runner? You also might like Santarama.
Currently reading John Henry Days by Colin Whitehead. I'm mostly enjoying it, but so far it's falling short of the expectations I'd formed based on some enthusiastic recommendations.

Noob, Beckett's trilogy is an interesting rec, given the list petepan posted. I'm curious what about his list triggered that suggestion. I'm a fan, but it's definitely less -- let's say plot-driven -- than the books from his list that I've read.
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Are you sure those recommendations weren't for The Intuitionist? That's the good one. biggrin.gif
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Satantango?

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Are you sure those recommendations weren't for The Intuitionist? That's the good one. biggrin.gif

Now you tell me ...
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I actually haven't read JHD, I just know Intuitionist is great and considered his best. I was less impressed by his 'literary zombie novel', way less fun than it sounds.

ETA: Regarding Beckett, I dunno, I just found it thought-provoking, but shorn of description. Nothing to do with the other books on the list. I'm sure there are plenty of later or more fun books fitting that description , but I usually go for maximalism, so that was the only one that came to mind. smile.gif
Edited by noob - 6/26/14 at 4:04am
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i'm reading "the humans" by Matt Haig. loving it, even though it is a little obvious and sentimental in a dave eggers kind of way. funny, touching and insightful.
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