Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ten top books writers should read

DBC Pierre won the Booker Prize in 2003 for his debut novel Vernon God Little. One of ten books he says writers should read, as shared at the Guardian:
To see what can happen when it all comes together:

Tender Is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

Of all the books I could recommend to show writing in full flight, I pick Tender because it also comes with the unlikely extra shine of an underdog. The Great Gatsby is accepted to be Fitzgerald’s greatest work, but this is secretly his best, a connoisseur’s choice. Which, according to [Pierre] Bourdieu, makes us snobs.
Read about another entry on the list.

Tender is the Night is among Olivia Laing's ten best books & stories on drinking and booze and Joni Rendon and Shannon McKenna Schmidt's top nine works inspired by writers’ love lives.

--Marshal Zeringue