This week sees the fourth instalment in my series of posts devoted to books for different moods. Here are more 7 books for 7 moods/states of mind. Click on the links to read my reviews.
Are you in the mood for something different? If so then you might like this humorous and vulgar parody of the detective/mystery genre:
Pulp by Charles Bukowski
This, Bukowski’s last book, is a noir detective tale featuring a rude and argumentative private eye. Dedicated to bad writing, Pulp employs a compelling, blunt prose style with short sentences and few adjectives. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Fast-paced & Unique
In the mood to be challenged?
Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
Glamorama is a 482 page satirical work that adeptly captures the hedonism of 1990s New York. There are many bewildering elements such as the bizarrely numbered chapters of vastly varying lengths. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Convoluted & Challenging
In a pensive mood? Then perhaps this might be of interest:
The Plague by Albert Camus
Set in the Algerian coastal town of Oran, The Plague is an existentialist classic that evaluates morality, the role of God and how we react to death. Its narrative tone and poetic prose style of prose will appeal to some. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Okay
If you desire a break from Fiction then look no further:
Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick
Providing fascinating insights into North Korea, Nothing To Envy is an engrossing text that effortlessly captures the lives of its interviewed, defector subjects. This is my favourite non-Fiction book. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Engrossing
In the mood to read a good bestseller? You may well have read it already, but if not you might like:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Imbibed with a sense of impending doom, Rebecca is a slow-moving, haunting and atmospheric literary masterpiece, boasting an expertly woven plot and an abrupt ending. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Impressive
In the mood to swap reality for dystopia? If so you might appreciate:
High-Rise by J. G. Ballard
Set in an apartment tower block in London, High-Rise is a dystopian tale about the intense animosity that develops between the building’s various floors. Its motif is the fragmentation of the social order. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Quite good
Are you in the mood for Transgressive fiction? If the answer is yes, here is a suggestion:
Novel with Cocaine by M. Ageyev
Novel with Cocaine is a nihilistic and philosophical novel about adolescence and addiction. It could be described as Dostoyevskian, due to its realism and the psychological exploration of its main character. Click here to read my review.
My Opinion: Good
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