The Best Short Novels to Buy My Dad for His Birthday?!?
It's my dad's birthday coming up and while he pretends to like reading he's got a crap attention span and gives up on big books. Any and all suggestions for the best short novels (not short stories) to buy him would be EPICALLY welcome. My list so far...
- •Love story.
- •Franny and Zooey.
- •Department of Speculation by Jenny OffilBrief, abstract, funny, beautiful, of the moment
- •The Lover by Marguerite Duras
- •The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayIf by any chance he's never read it, the shortest classic. You can feel like you accomplished something important in like two hours.
- •The Invention of Morel by Alfred Bioy Casares
- •Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
- •Speedboat by Renata Adler
- •Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave EggersThis is my choice! A fantastic brief underrated novel from this past year, entirely told in dialogue, reads like a breeze, heart-pounding and still packed with some truly counterintuitive, challenging moral philosophy.
- •We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- •The Uncommon Reader by Alan BennettFunny, light, unexpected, and it's about someone who pretends to love reading but actually doesn't read much. (At least at the beginning.)Suggested by @bkwurm
- •The crying of lot 49 by Thomas pynchonSuggested by @gilbaron
- •The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullersSuggested by @victor
- •Brooklyn by Colm TóibínSuggested by @camilia