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12 Books you can read quickly (part 2)

Five weeks till the end of the year – your deadline to read 24 books. Want to speed through? Read these...

brunch Updated: Apr 07, 2015 18:42 IST
Saudamini Jain
Saudamini Jain
Hindustan Times
Bonjour Tristesse,Françoise Saga,My Uncle Oswald

Five weeks till the end of the year – your deadline to read 24 books. Want to speed through? Read these...

13. A Moveable Feastby Ernest Hemingway:

Hemingway’s experiences in Paris in the 1920s. You’ll meet Gertrude Stein, the Fitzgeralds and God! What a lovely book. Franny And Zooeyby JD Salinger:

A short story about Franny and a novella about her elder brother Zooey. If you loved The Catcher in the Rye, you have to graduate to this. (And then move on to Nine Stories).

15. The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F Scott Fitzgerald:

This breezy story about two boys who attend a fancy boarding school, will give you some perspective on being rich.

16. Dubliners by James Joyce:

Fifteen short stories by Joyce, all centred around middle-class Irish life in the beginning of the 20th century.

17.High Fidelity by Nick Hornby:

Okay, it’s not as thin as the others on the list. But you’ll be able to flip through it fast enough. Plus, one of the best break-up books, ever.

18. Maus by Art Spiegelman:

The first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. This is partly a memoir, in which Spiegelman interviews his father who was a Holocaust survivor. You’ll find Jews as mice, Germans as cats and non-Jewish Poles as pigs.

19.Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Saga:

This is the story of 17-year-old Cécile’s romance with amorality. It was published in 1954, but so many of the questions it asks are still being asked by memes and the moral police today.

20. The Outsider by Albert Camus:

After attending his mother’s funeral, French-Algerian Meursault purportedly kills an Arab. You have to read this for Camus’ idea of morality, and for joining in jholawalla conversations.

21. My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl:

Everybody’s read Dahl’s children’s books. But this is so adult, you’d go "Whoa".

22. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli:

This is supposed to be one of the first ever works of modern political philosophy. You need to read this to figure out what ‘Machiavellian’ really means and why the end often justifies the means for some people.

23. The Humbling by Philip Roth:

A sixty-something stage actor’s talent seems to have "melted into thin air". What happens when a man loses the one thing that defines him?

24. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka:

Gregor Samsa transforms into this gigantic insect-like creature. Obviously his parents are repulsed. But wait, who’s really the monster here?

For part 1, click here

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First Published: Nov 20, 2014 16:43 IST