Saturday, July 19, 2008

Check out 'The Guardian'’s Summer Reading List

Here's the link to the article, if you want to read it yourself. I already have a Summer Reading List (more or less), so this might become a part of my autumn reads. To be noted that, as far as I can see, all these books were written in English. Is The Guardian biased against non-Anglophone authors? Or do Anglophone readers tend to read only fiction written in their own language? However, there are some books that I plan to read here (in violet):

  • De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage (Lebanon / Canada): ‘a searing account of life in war-torn Beirut, brutal and poetic by turns’;
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (Ireland): Booker Prize winner;
  • When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson (UK);
  • According to Ruth by Jane Feaver (UK);
  • The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Liebenberg (Zimbabwe / South Africa): a journey into childhood's foreign country - and the dying days of Rhodesia. Postcolonial stuff: must be mine.
  • Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel by Gordon Burn (UK);
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan / UK): shortlisted for the Booker Prize, wanna read.
  • The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (India /UK): I’m not gonna read this before Midnight’s Children, even though it is set in Italy;
  • The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore by Lorrie Moore (USA);
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (India /USA): I’ll probably read this, hoping it will be a second Namesake;
  • The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser (Australia / Sri Lanka): tipped for the Booker;
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (USA / Dominican Republic): already in my TBR list;
  • The Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah (UK);
  • End Games by Michael Dibdin (UK);
  • Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor (UK);
  • Revelation by CJ Sansom (UK);
  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker (UK);
  • Ascent by Jed Mercurio (UK);


  1. I'm so glad you posted this, though I can't believe they named "DeNiro's Game." I think my pneumonia came from second-hand smoke from reading about too much cigarette handling.

  2. OMG, do you have pneumonia on top of your leg injury? :-(

    I guess that fiction set in war-torn countries is the new trend (see Khaled Hosseini etc.)...

  3. I'm rather a hopeless case this month!

    I think you're right... though some of these appear to be more uplifting than others. It'll be interesting to compare notes with you.

  4. i've read "the reluctant fundamentalist" (italian version) and i want to read the english version.
    it is very captivating and i finished it in 2 days (ok, it's just a bit more than 100 pages...), but in the end i had contrasting feelings about it. donno. strange book.
    but the way the writer develops the story is very interesting. in the end you feel like wrapped by it.

  5. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is defenitely in my TBR list for next autumn!