Recommend Reading: Fiction
Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
best book...it tells the story, backwards, of the life of a Nazi war
criminal... Amis’s backward world is rigorously imagined. It is a world of pathos and cruel
hilarity...but the crux, the test of his vision...is what he does with
The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
Making History – Steven Fry
takes a different approach. His main character, Michael Young, meets Leo Zuckermann, whose father was at
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
In the "brave new world" of 632 A. F. (After Ford), universal human happiness has been achieved. (Well, almost.) Control of reproduction, genetic engineering, conditioning--especially via repetitive messages delivered during sleep--and a perfect pleasure drug called "Soma" are the cornerstones of the new society. Reproduction has been removed from the womb and placed on the conveyor belt, where reproductive workers tinker with the embryos to produce various grades of human beings, ranging from the super-intelligent Alpha Pluses down to the dwarfed semi-moron Epsilons.
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
First published in 1915, this is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he wakes up to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a "monstrous vermin" or insect. At first he is preoccupied with practical, everyday concerns: How to get out of bed and walk with his numerous legs? Can he still make it to the office on time?
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan.....and a 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one
rip-roaring novel. Tracking one man’s
descent into the underbelly of contemporary
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
This surreal novel from the acclaimed Japanese novelist (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) focuses on two characters whose lives (as we eventually learn) are linked: a 15-year-old runaway in search of his mother and sister, and an elderly WWII veteran who can speak with cats.
1984 – George Orwell
Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police – George Orwell’s world-famous novel coined new and potent words of warning for us all. Alive with Swiftian wit and passion, it is one of the most brilliant satires on totalitarianism and the power-hungry ever written.
Fight Club – Chuck Palahnuik
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded just as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius and it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
is a ship’s surgeon, growing weary of a travelling life. When he is set adrift on an unknown shore he
embarks on a magical journey through strange lands on his epic adventure
home. On return to