Saturday, September 06, 2008

Top 10 books about children aimed at adults

Wesley Stace, a celebrated musician and songwriter who performs under the name John Wesley Harding, is the author of two novels, Misfortune and by George (which appeared at the Page 69 Test).

In 2005 he named a top 10 list of "books about children aimed at adults" for the Guardian.

Two titles on his list:
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Unknown novel by little read author. (This could also have been Great Expectations or Oliver Twist, but Copperfield is the one where, for me, the disparate elements that make up the wonder of Dickens come together.)

orwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

A chance hearing of The Beatles' song takes the narrator back to his early relationships, particularly with the troubled Naoko. A long, very moving, Proustian rush, in two volumes, quite different in tone from many of his other novels. Such a huge hit in Japan when it was published there in 1987 that Murakami had to move to America.
Read about the book that tops Stace's list.

--Marshal Zeringue