Novels read in 2013 part two

You can see the list from the first half of the year here. Those that I read in the second half of the year were (some brief thoughts follow):

  1. Novels shelves2Amitay Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
  2. Rob Kitchin, Killer Reels
  3. Malcolm Bradbury, To the Hermitage
  4. Ox-Tales – Fire (short-story collection)
  5. Ox-Tales – Water
  6. Ox-Tales – Air
  7. Ox-tales – Earth
  8. Julia Leigh, Disquiet
  9. Don DeLillo, The Body Artist
  10. Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String
  11. Ian McEwan, Atonement
  12. Bernhard Schlink, Homecoming
  13. J.M. Coetzee, The Life and Times of Michael K
  14. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  15. Andrew Miller, Pure
  16. Roberto Bolaño, 2666
  17. Dominic Pettmann, In Divisible Cities (open access from Punctum Books)
  18. Julian Barnes, Arthur and George
  19. A.S. Byatt, Ragnarok: The End of the Gods
  20. Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
  21. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or, Life in the Woods
  22. Sebastian Faulks, Charlotte Grey
  23. Marilynne Robinson, Home
  24. Gustav Flaubert, Bouvard and Pécuchet
  25. Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  26. Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
  27. Ian McEwan, Sweet Tooth
  28. Roberto Bolaño, The Skating Rink
  29. Julian Barnes, Pulse (short stories)
  30. Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven
  31. Patricia Duncker, The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge
  32. Julian Barnes, England, England
  33. Jennifer Egan, short story sampler (Emerald City, The Invisible Circus, Look at Me & A Visit From the Goon Squad) and A Black Box
  34. Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
  35. Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub and A Modest Proposal
  36. Sebastian Faulks, A Possible Life
  37. Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
  38. A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven
  39. Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
  40. Honoré de Balzac, Old Goriot
  41. Honoré de Balzac, introduction to the Comedie Humaine and At The Sign of the Cat and Racket
  42. Rose Tremain, The Road Home
  43. C.J. Sansom, Dominion

Probably the best work of literature – Roberto Bolaño, 2666,  which I finally got round to. It was worth the wait, though the fourth book was very hard work.

Most peculiar, but good, book –  Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String

Biggest surprise to me –  Rose Tremain, The Road Home (a very moving account of immigration within the EU). I’ve started working through the Orange Prize winners (I’ve been doing this with Booker Prize winners for a while) as an attempt to discover more writing by women.

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