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View Full Version : My college days are long gone. Educate me on recent postmodern lit.


cgray
12-20-10, 12:57 PM
I'm bummed that most of my favorite books are those I read in great college courses, or during college. Sure, being in college helps enjoy zany, postmodern fiction. But the books themselves were good, too, right?

So, I read and loved Infinite Jest, Gravity's Rainbow, White Noise, House of Leaves, The Tunnel, A Frolic of His Own, JR, etc. within a year or two of each other.

I haven't read many books since which compare to those.

What have I missed in the last ten years? What's a postmodern lit class reading these days? Recommendations welcome, and I'd be really excited if anyone could send me a syllabus from their lit class.

Edit: Yes, I've read the Corrections. Franzen may be the closest thing in the last decade, but... really?

terrible chong
04-20-11, 02:04 AM
House of Leaves (http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764)

It's pretty mind-bending.

cornyt
04-23-11, 01:41 PM
Have you read David Mitchell? I liked "Cloud Atlas."

djmont
04-24-11, 12:15 PM
DFW's new one is supposed to be even better than <I>Jest</I>.

Supermallet
04-24-11, 12:41 PM
Have you read Finnegans Wake? While it's not quite the same as the books you're listing, it does pave the way for them.

TimeandTide
04-24-11, 03:32 PM
Anything by Cormac McCarthy (start with The Road, All the Pretty Horse, or No Country for Old Men).

printerati
04-25-11, 09:42 AM
Anything by Cormac McCarthy (start with The Road, All the Pretty Horse, or No Country for Old Men).

Agreed, but I read Blood Meridian in an American Lit class about 15 years ago. Perhaps my professor was ahead of the game.

The last "new" thing I read outside of McCarthy was Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, so I am out of the loop as well.

dmar91
05-14-11, 01:19 PM
For a less serious take on postmodernist themes, have a look at House of Windows by John Langan.

darkessenz
05-15-11, 05:53 PM
may i recommend 2666 and the Savage Detectives? (read in the opposite order listed here).

http://www.amazon.com/2666-Novel-Roberto-Bola%C3%B1o/dp/0312429215/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305500020&sr=1-1

Hank Ringworm
05-16-11, 12:53 AM
I'd recommend not reading postmodern literature.

The Bus
06-14-11, 12:12 AM
House of Leaves (http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764)

It's pretty mind-bending.

I've tried twice now to read that book and I get through it about halfway before becoming totally disinterested.

Strafe
06-14-11, 10:21 PM
People make House of Leaves sound more interesting than it is. It's a chore.