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Who's read any of these authors?

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Jux Sat 17-Oct-09 00:03:59

Rose Tremain
Marion Engel
Rohington Mistry
Anne Marie Macdonald
Francesca Lia Block
Margaret Laurence
Marya Hornbacher
Curtis Sittenfeld
Jeffery Eugenides
Miranda July
Mark Haddon
Paul Aster
T. Coraghessan Boyle

These are the authors who came up when I put Elliot Perlman in Literature Map. I haven't included authors I've read.

If you've read something by one of these people, what did you think of it? I'm searching for authors I'll enjoy as much as Robertson Davies. So far I've found Perlman, Timothy Findley, Marisha Pessl, all of whom I enjoy.

Included in that map, though, was Dean Koontz who I think is one of the worst writers I've ever had the misfortune to read!

bibbitybobbityCAT Sat 17-Oct-09 00:07:28

Restoration by Rose Tremain is one of the best books I have ever read (and I've read a few, having worked in the trade). I would recommend it to anyone, it is really superb. Fascinating, really deeply moving, wonderful.

CristinaTheAstonishing Sat 17-Oct-09 00:11:04

Tried & gave up:
Rose Tremain
Rohinton Mistry

Read & liked:
Jeffery Eugenides - only Middlesex
Paul Auster - a couple

MeAndMyMonkey Sat 17-Oct-09 00:12:43

Curtis Sittenfeld - Prep is brilliant.
Paul Auster should that be? fabulous if so.
Jeffery Eugenides - Virgin suicides v good, atmospheric.
Am going to bookmark your list smile

Jux Sat 17-Oct-09 00:19:41

Thank you
Auster blush

How about:

Jane Urqhart
Lucy Maude Montgomery
Wallace Stegner
Mordecai Richler
Thomas King
(and there's a Margaret Lawrence too)

Typing these lists in makes me feel as if I hardly read at all! Honest, I read loads smile

littlepollyflinders Sat 17-Oct-09 16:53:07

T C Boyle is a wonderful writer.
I've read most of his but really loved Drop City - he's very American but in a good way wink

janeite Sat 17-Oct-09 17:02:27

I like Tremain and Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides is v good indeed (better than Middlesex imho). Restoration by Rose Tremain is good: have read others of hers too but forget which.

KurriKurri Sat 17-Oct-09 18:53:58

I like Mark Haddon, I find him funny and interesting. My Mum likes Margaret Laurence (think she read one called Stone angel or something like that) and she also enjoys Robertson Davies.(so do I) Is Lucy Maude Montgomery the author of all the Anne of Green Gables books - or am I muddling her with someone else? If she is I don't see much connection, other than the Canadian one, with Robertson Davies. But A of GG is a lovely book if you haven't read it.

BloodRedTulips Sat 17-Oct-09 18:56:11

Mark Haddon is brilliant author, very funny but hugely thought provoking too.

i'm ashamed to say i haven't even heard of any of the others though blush

ramonaquimby Sat 17-Oct-09 19:00:38

Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance great book, really got into the characters.

Ann Marie MacDonald - I've read 2 (not sure if she's writeen others? Fall on Your Knees and The Way the Crow Flies

Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides - also a great book. slow to start, and a few boring bits inbetween but worth the slog

Mark Haddon wrote Curious INcident of the dog in the night about an autistic boy, is anotehr good read,.

Yes LMM wrote the Anne books
Yes was Margaret Lawrence who wrote Stone Angel (loved that book)

there is a cdn connection here somewhere apart from J Eugenides and Mark Haddon -

janeite Sat 17-Oct-09 19:10:33

Curious Incident is brilliant but I hated his other one: A Spot Of Bother.

bigchris Sat 17-Oct-09 19:13:08

Margaret Lawrence's The Stone Angel is fab

SCARYspicemonster Sat 17-Oct-09 19:17:17

I love Rose Tremain - she is an utterly brilliant writer. Anne Marie Macdonald - I've only read Fall on your Knees which I think is probably the bleakest, most depressing book I've ever read (Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure excepted). I like Mark Haddon's Curious Incident but was less keen on the other one.

browntrout Sat 17-Oct-09 19:20:43

Paul Auster one of my favourite current writers. He is brilliant.

CJCregg Sat 17-Oct-09 19:21:54

Ann Marie MacDonald is brilliant, but can be tough at times. Both her novels were incredible reads, she is an amazing writer. Try to get past the sometimes slow beginnings - she is well worth it.

cripesalorky Sat 17-Oct-09 19:27:58

Anne Marie MacDonald has just written the two ramonaquimby mentions, but they are totally brilliant, if not especially happy books. I'm desperate for her to write another! Rose Tremain also brilliant, if serious.

Jux Sat 17-Oct-09 22:33:58

Thank you all so much. I am armed and ready for Xmas when most people give me book tokens! The best present in the world, in my opinion.

I have read Mark Haddon, I quite liked the Dog in the Night thing, but the other one left me very lukewarm.

I like the sound of Tremain and MacDonald, in fact I like the sound of all of them. I'd better get LOTS of bk tokens for Xmas!

MadBadAndWieldingAnAxe Sat 17-Oct-09 23:19:12

I can only manage one - The Road Home by Rose Tremain. Like the curate's egg, good in parts.

EachPeachPearMum Sat 17-Oct-09 23:23:20

Love Jeffrey Eugenides, can't stand Paul Auster (think US Martin Amis grrr)

Lilymaid Sat 17-Oct-09 23:31:14

Rose Tremain is great and every book of hers is different, so if you don't like one, don't be put off trying another. I particularly enjoyed "The Road Home" and "Music and Silence".

Jux Sun 18-Oct-09 14:00:28

I've just this morning finished reading 7 Types of Ambiguity by Perlman. I read 5 Dollars a while ago.

Highly recommended. Especially Ambiguity which was really quite superb.

Thought you'd like to know. smile

LoveTheCarbs Sun 18-Oct-09 20:51:31

I have read:

The Road Home by Rose Tremain. It was alright. I bought it as it had won the Orange Broadband Prize. It certainly didn't make me want to read any of her other books.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Mark Haddon. I read this a few years ago and liked it.

I am currently reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld and really enjoying it.

paisleyleaf Sun 18-Oct-09 20:56:06

Oh TC Boyle is one of my faves.
Like littlepolly, I'd really recommend Drop City
Budding Prospects, Tortilla Curtain, Friend of the Earth all also great.

hester Sun 18-Oct-09 21:18:19

I've read, and enjoyed, Rose Tremain, Paul Auster, Mark Haddon. Read - and thought pretty good - Anne Marie Macdonald. Read and LOVED, Jeffrey Eugenides - especially Middlesex.

cheapskatemum Thu 22-Oct-09 22:10:05

I really liked Mark Haddon's "A Spot of Bother" and "The Curious Incident..." I hated Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance" - tried 3 times but couldn't finish it, which is unusual for me. I'm looking forward to reading "American Wife" &, on the strength of this thread, will look out for Rose Tremain. Happy reading! Let us know how you get on.

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