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recommend me some new authors

mr.loverman

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so my favorite authors so far are ian fleming, hemingway, melville and henry miller. i've almost read all of their stuff that's worth reading.


can you guys recommend me some new authors that I might enjoy?
 

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Melville -> Cormac McCarthy
 

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Have you read the big Russians? It's always a pleasure to go back and visit the classics.
 

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Yes, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a great psychological study, before psychology really existed. And, I've read most of JD Salinger's books. I also really liked Dos Passos' USA trilogy. Very long and sweeping. Vonnegut is great. Heller's Catch-22 is a must.
 

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i read cormac's "The Road" and I found it to be entirely lacking in humor. very unlike melville. read heller and loved it. i've read some dostoevksy but he seems overly moralistic and too influenced by his dark surroundings to be taken seriously.
 

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Haruki Murakami... he's pretty fun, especially "A Wild Sheep Chase" and "Dance Dance Dance."

Philip Roth, most of his recent stuff I like really well, but "Operation Shylock" was really interesting.

Josephine Tey... some very fun British mysteries that are really quite crisp and fresh.
Raymond Chandler... just because. The mysteries aren't particularly fascinating, but he turns a phrase better than anybody.
 

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Have to agree with the Murakami, favorite author of two years ago. Miller, I'm obsessed. Otherwise I've been caught in a literary rut. Recent reads have been TOCancer, Huck Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Whitman and countless amounts of stuff I've skimmed through. Maybe I should have created this thread. Some of Joyce's stuff is good, the short stores compiled as Dubliners. Otherwise I have nothing. Let me know what you find.
 

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read dubliners, read some dostoevksy and it did nothing. i think i may explore some nonfiction, history perhaps.
 

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Try some of the Beat authors -- Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs. And, although he probably didn't like labels, one from that era was Bukowski.
 

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Originally Posted by mr.loverman
i've read some dostoevksy but he seems overly moralistic and too influenced by his dark surroundings to be taken seriously.
He's probably regarded as the greatest novelist of all time by more people than any other author (except maybe Dan Brown).
 

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(except maybe Dan Brown).
The sad truth. If you're interested in nonfiction, try Leonardo: The Artist and the Man by Serge Bramly. I read it last year and loved it. Tom Wolfe also does great nonfiction. A few novels that come to mind: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Ada by Nabokov Life of Pi by Yann Martel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein (even if you're not into science fiction, give it a try) The Picture of Dorian Grey (and Wilde in general) Also, don't be scared of short stories. Flip through Kafka, Nabokov and Balzac, and something might catch your interest.
 

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Raymond Carver
 

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Originally Posted by bachbeet
Try some of the Beat authors -- Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs. And, although he probably didn't like labels, one from that era was Bukowski.

Toss in John Fante, too. I like Tom McGuane and Richard Yates. For light whodunnits, Ian Rankin and my new discovery - Andrea Camillieri....
 

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