BkFt: The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust was published in 1939 and is set in Hollywood during the great depression. The Day of the Locust is a novel about Hollywood and its corrupting touch, about the American dream turned into a sun-drenched California nightmare. Nathaniel West's Hollywood... Continue Reading →


BkFt: A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell Unlike some of the books on the All TIME 100 list, I had never heard of either A Dance to the Music of Time or Anthony Powell.  After spending a bit of time on the internet I’ve come to realise that although a lot of... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Catch-22 was published in 1961 and is regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.  The novel has the most 5 star ratings from readers that I have seen on GoodReads to date which is pretty impressive given that generally readers are at least to some... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth Call It Sleep was published in 1934 and was met with critical acclaim.  That it was a great literary work was accepted and he has often been compared to James Joyce.  The problem seemed to be that the public didn't take to it.  The poor sales of... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited was published in 1945 and is described as Waugh's great literary masterpiece who has himself referred to the novel in the past as his magnum opus.  Here is the blurb from GoodReads: "The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian (or Evening Redness in the West as it is also known) is McCarthy's 5th novel published in 1985 and is praised as one of the 20th century's finest novels.  This western novel is loosely based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in... Continue Reading →

BkFt: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep was published in 1939 and is the first novel in a crime series featuring detective Philip Marlowe.  Raymond Chandler needs no introduction really.  We know him as having a huge impact on the crime fiction genre and his Philip Marlowe novels are popular still.... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Beloved by Toni Morrison

     Beloved by Toni Morrison Beloved by Toni Morrison, published in 1987, is set after the American Civil War (1861–1865).  The novel is a tribute to all those whose lives were fractured by slavery and the book's  epigraph reads "Sixty Million and more," dedicated to the Africans and their descendants who died as a result... Continue Reading →

BkFt: Atonement by Ian McEwan

    Atonement by Ian McEwan Atonement by Ian McEwan, published in 2001, was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker prize but went on to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction (2002), the Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2002), the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2002), and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for... Continue Reading →

BkFt: At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brian

     At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brian At Swim-Two-Birds was published in 1939 by Irishman Brian O'Nolan under the pseudonym Flann O'Brian and is his first novel.   O'Nolan is described as one of the most inspired minds of the 20th century and is said to sit “along with Joyce and Beckett, Flann O’Brien constitutes our... Continue Reading →

BkFt: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud

     The Assistant by Bernard Malamud The Assistant is Malamud's second novel published in 1957.  From what I've read about the novel I get the distinct feeling that it is a dark and depressing read in that some really horrible stuff happens to some very normal people.  The NYT review of The Assistant by... Continue Reading →

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