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'Women cannot write important novels' ...help me choose a novel by a female writer for my book group to shut this male member up for good..please!

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greenelephant Fri 10-Apr-09 23:02:26

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Babbity Fri 10-Apr-09 23:04:05

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 10-Apr-09 23:04:26

Margaret Atwood is a fine writer. Handmaid's tale is a classic.

Any Jane Austen obv

The chap is a loon

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 10-Apr-09 23:04:45

oooooh at x posts

liath Fri 10-Apr-09 23:04:50

The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood

littlelamb Fri 10-Apr-09 23:04:56

Wuthering Heights
or The Bluest Eye

liath Fri 10-Apr-09 23:05:21

Consensus there then grin

LadyGlencoraPalliser Fri 10-Apr-09 23:05:42

Does he mean self-important novels? I struggle with the idea that there is a self-evident canon of 'important' novels. Does he mean novels that deal with the big themes, or the fundamental problems of existence or other such pompous tripe?
Or just novels that are so bloody boring that you have to feel they have done you good just by getting through them?
Ask him to define his terms.

KatyMac Fri 10-Apr-09 23:05:48

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

George Eliot Middlemarch

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

To kill a mocking bird Harper lee(?)

FlorenceDaphne Fri 10-Apr-09 23:07:48

OMG. What a twat.

I also love Margaret Atwood, but Alias Grace is my fave. I go back to it over and over again.

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson is amazing. Such beautiful prose.

Beloved by Toni Morrison.
"Everybody knew what she was called, but nobody anywhere knew her name. Diremembered and unaccounted for, she cannot be lost because no one is looking for her, and even if they were, how can they call her if they don’t know her name? Although she has claim, she is not claimed. In the place where long grass opens, the girl who waited to be loved and cry shame erupts into her separate parts, to make it easy for the chewing laughter to swallow her all the way.

It was not a story to pass on."

Still makes me weep inside.

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:07:52

beloved is a very important book.

rose tremain the long road home is fab as is music and silence

fugitive pieces by anne michaels is stupendous.

the vintner's luck by elizabeth knox

anything by a l kennedy

lets shut the pig up.

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:09:16

3 of the most important novels ever written were by women, wuthering heights, pride and prejudice and jane eyre.

FlorenceDaphne Fri 10-Apr-09 23:09:24

The Secret History by Donna Tartt! If you ignore her name, it's perfectly executed.

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:09:31

what a tit. he has dh and i riled up now.

FlorenceDaphne Fri 10-Apr-09 23:10:06

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Possibly the most important novel ever written. So perfect, she wrote no more.

NiceShoes Fri 10-Apr-09 23:10:20

grass is singing-doris lessing
rebecca-daphne du maurier
to kill a mockingbird -harper lee
frankenstein -mary shelley

MargaretMountford Fri 10-Apr-09 23:10:55

bastard !
Jane Austen ! Maggie Gee !

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:11:09

clearly to kill a mockingbird would shut him right up.

but somehow i feel something more contemporary would be a better quality of victory.

solidgoldshaggingbunnies Fri 10-Apr-09 23:11:32

(Disclaimer, haven't read any of these but they are all widely regarded as 'important' ie wideranging social comment etc)
The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
The Women's Room - Marilyn French

Also pretty big, stood-the-test-of-time books (which I have read and liked)
Most Jane Austen
Another vote for The Handmaid's Tale
Another vote for To Kill A Mockingbird

What does this bellend think of as an Important Book, though? Martin Amis? Charles Dickens? Nick Hornby and all the rest of the self-obsessed masturbators?

NiceShoes Fri 10-Apr-09 23:11:39

white teeth zadie smith

FlorenceDaphne Fri 10-Apr-09 23:11:57

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. The description of his grief at his son's death makes me shrivel inside with imagined pain.

policywonk Fri 10-Apr-09 23:12:15

Middlemarch. 'One of the few English novels written for grown-up people' (Victoria Woolf).

What a tit.

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:12:46

frigging proust i imagine. or conrad.

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 10-Apr-09 23:13:00

The tit would probably get his rocks off with the Well Of Loneliness

Heathcliffscathy Fri 10-Apr-09 23:13:07

silas marner by george eliot

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