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24 books you can read quickly -part 1

Brunch Book Challengers! Six weeks till the end of the year – your deadline to read 24 books. Want to speed through? Read these...

brunch Updated: Apr 07, 2015 18:44 IST
Saudamini Jain
Saudamini Jain
Hindustan Times
Breakfast at Tiffany’s,Truman Capote,A Clockwork Orange

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

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote:

About a New York society girl in the 1940s. Doesn’t matter if you’ve watched the film, the book is different. You must meet Holly Golightly.

2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess:

Read for Nadsat, the coolest secret language and for its countless pop culture references. Memories of My Melancholy Whoresby Gabriel García Márquez:

The opening line will draw you in: The year of my ninetieth birthday I wanted to give myself a night of mad love with an adolescent virgin.

4.The Testament of Maryby Colm Tóibín:

The mother of Jesus recounts the events that led to the death of her son.

5. Love Story by Erich Segal:

Those who’ve read it have wept or sniggered.

6. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy:

A story of death, and of life not lived well enough. A masterpiece (and shorter than his Anna Karenina and War and Peace).

7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman:

Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy writing – you may even get mildly spooked, in a PG-13 way.

8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

This super bestselling children’s book for adults (or adults’ book for children) is tiny, full of drawings (and wisdom).

9. A Contract with God by Will Eisner:

The "first graphic novel" – it popularised the term. Here are stories of some poor jews in 1930s America.

10. Any of Aleph’s ‘Short Biography’ series:

Our favourite series of books about cities.

11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad:

This influential and controversial book is an account of a European who sails to Congo, where a fellow European is worshipped by the natives.

12. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie:

Possibly his most fun read, an adventure for kids, adults and above all, storytellers.

From HT Brunch, November 16
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First Published: Nov 15, 2014 14:31 IST