The Sellout by Paul Beatty

This is a fire-cracker of a book. The absolutely savage satire starts right from page 1 and it continues to rampage throughout the novel … and it is briliant. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read such a brutal critique of, well, anything! The only thing I can think of that comes remotely close is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal which is almost a match for … Continue reading ┬áThe Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This book was not what I expected. For a start, I thought that Carson was a man (she is not) and the title had me thinking of something Gatsby-esque. But this was not a love story. Or perhaps it is, but certainly not a conventional one. It is about John Singer, a deaf mute who becomes a confidant for several members of the community in … Continue reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The World According to Garp by John Irving

I can’t describe how much I loved this book and John Irving’s exquisite story-telling. To try and summarise the plot of this novel would be pretty impossible but its complexity is what makes it such a great book. I love how throughout the whole novel I had no idea what was coming next – while many novels have unexpected twists, I usually find that the … Continue reading The World According to Garp by John Irving

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

This is a pretty difficult book. It’s definitely what you would call ‘literary’. I have now read it twice and I’m still not totally convinced I get it, so if you give it a go, it will take a little perseverance. However I actually really like it. The novel narrates the decline of the Compson family, an old aristocratic family from the American South, over … Continue reading The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner