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February 21, 2011 7:36 PM Subscribe
I'd like to read some sharp, simple fiction writing to improve my academic essays -- what would I like?
posted by EmilyFlew to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I tend to gravitate towards reading fiction that is dreamy and tinged with the surreal (some of my favorites include Murakami, Borges, Calvino, Eco, Marilynne Robinson). But these types of books often share an ornate, dreamy prose style and I find my academic writing getting too flowery and loose. I'd like to read some novels that feature very sharp and direct language (especially sentence structure), on the hopes that it will trickle down to my own writing. What writers have the best simple but powerful prose?
I'm pretty open to anything, though I prefer capital-L Literature to airport novels, regular fiction to genre, and don't go in too much for the super-macho (though I know Hemingway is often suggested in cases like this, and he's on my list to try). Kindle downloads would be ideal.