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Greatest Living Author?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Pennglock, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    Louis Ferdinand Destouches better known as Louis Ferdinand Celine...

    Camus.

    I have missed the living bit...

    Sorry for being a dickhead...

    Gunter Grass..

    Milan Kundera

    Yves Bonnefoy
     
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  2. akatsuki

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    Hard to say - I think Jane Gardam is a phenomenal novelist, but top tier? Hard for me to say.

    I've always preferred Kazuo Ishiguro's works over some of the other authors listed here. I've read Banville's the Sea and liked it quite a bit as well, but just that one novel. McCarthy is pretty great, but really, to me, is a bit limited in expression.
     
  3. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    Glad you bumped this, it was fun rereading. And I completely agree with your re SOS.

    Luckily none of my picks have died yet, despite all being old a fuck.

    Big thanks to Lawyerdad for turning me on to George Saunders, who is probably the best thing since sliced bread.
     
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    Gabriel García Márquez
     
  5. lasbar

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    Good choice..

    Le Clezio..
     
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    As my location indicates, I'm a HUGE McCarthy fan. Definitely my pick, but writing is art, so it's at least half subjective.
    Naipaul is still alive? WTF? Damn, he's only 79. I dunno why, thought he would be in his mid-nineties. Wouldn't put him in my top ten, but anyway....
    This. I like some of his stories, but that guy takes himself way too seriously. And his writing is so personalized, it's hard to separate the uber-asshole you see in interviews from the uber-asshole who writes books. Winds up diminishing the experience.
    Love Christopher Moore. His facebook feed is pretty entertaining.
     
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    Cormac Mcarthy sucks. Anyone. Who writes. In a 'realistic' way. Like this. Sucks.
     
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    Thomas Senior member

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    I am going to have to check that out.
     
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  10. Steve Smith

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    I don't know about pronouncing someone as "Greatest Living Author", but my favorite is Neal Stephenson.
     
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    George Saunders is awesome, but his work is too repetitive, his range too limited, and his shtick occasionally borders on self-parody. (I say this as someone who has read pretty much every word he's ever written, and still consider myself an enormous fan).

    I'd put him in the running to become this generation's version of Kurt Vonnegut if, and only if, he eventually has more to say.
     

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