Had a huge book clearout at the weekend and these are all the ones that I've not actually read - which ones shall I bother with?
Zadie Smith - the autograph man Salman Rushdie - midnight's children Douglas Coupland - generation X Louis de Bernieres - Senor vivo and the coco lord Louis de Bernieres - the ware of dom emmanuel's nether parts Paulo Coelho - the alchemist Paulo Coelho - by the river piedra i sat down and wept Kiran Desai - the inheritance of loss Milan Kundera - the unbearable lighness of being John king - human punk.
I can't quite put my fingure on what irritates me about Zadie Smith's books. I've read all the others and while there was some really great stuff in them it seemed like a lot of work for the reward IYKWIM. Part of this is my laziness - you need read really carefully as the important stuff is often hidden away in dull decsription. I did really enjoy White Teeth, but I felt there was a much better book (that was half as long) hidden within it. Needed a good editor IMO. Make sense?
Maybe I'lld keep everything except the Coelho and the de Bernieres and try again next time we're on holiday.
You really must read Midnight's Children, it is truly brilliant. Coupland - weirdly I have read pretty much all of his books except Generation X, they are all great so I would give that a go. The Alchemist is shite, truly. I LOVED the de Bernieres books, especially that trilogy (you are missing one?). The Autograph Man was meh for me. I have to disagree with Nighbynight, some of these really are fun to read (Coupland and De B), the Rushdie takes longer but is worth it. Don't know the others.
Generation X is really good. Coupland is great to read - very funny and easy to read with brilliant ideas. I'd definitely keep that. The Unbearable lightness of Being is worth reading - bit heavy going in places. Haven't read any of the others.