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I crave a great novel that's as addictive as a popcorn movie. Please recommend me some literary
posted by Beardman to Media & Arts (105 answers total) 238 users marked this as a favorite
I'm constantly on the lookout for books that are escapist/engrossing in the sense that I can't wait to see what will happen next...but I can't stomach Dan Brown and his ilk. I've put down, or found tedious, many 'general fiction' novels that have been recommended to me as classier than the usual airport pulps (i.e. John Le Carre, Henning Mankel, John Irving).
Thus: what are some novels that you'd find in the literature section that are well-written and psychologically nuanced, but also with a healthy dose of plot? (That rules out stuff that's absorbing in another way, like The Waves.) Any subject matter would be fine: in the past, novels as different as Middlemarch, Disgrace, and Blindness have scratched this itch of mine. What else?