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How critical was being physically present to the success of your book?

How critical was being continually physically present for readings, signings, interviews and other events to the success of a book? Was most of your successful promotional efforts in the first year online or over the phone? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

Novels without protagonists

I'm looking for examples of novels without protagonists. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by naju on Oct 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Can anybody identify this novel?

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel I read when I was in school. I believe it was Canadian, and the main character was a goodhearted but simpleminded, somewhat overweight female prostitute living in a small town. I also believe the title was her nickname; I thought it was "Sweetie," but that has proven to be incorrect.
posted by The Card Cheat on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

TV in novels?

What novels and short stories do a good job of depicting television? Mostly I'm interested in characters watching TV, but I'll also accept answers like 1984—where (a slightly different version of) TV plays a major role in the plot.
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 answers

if i liked the movie l'avventura, what books will i like?

i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Great books about honest people struggling against a corrupt society?

I have in mind two (fiction) classics on the subject: An Enemy of the People (Ibsen) and The Winter of Our Discontent (Steinbeck). I would appreciate it if you could guide me to other valuable works on this issue.
posted by Basque13 on Apr 23, 2013 - 27 answers

What was this oversized 20th century american novel?

Another episode of Ask Metafilter, book-title detectives. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jan 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for South African novel

South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Jul 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Not A Lot Of Car Chases In Books, Are There?

Excellent Action Scenes In Books? I'm looking for examples of tense, fast paced action sequences in novels and short stories. The written equivalent to the cinematic on-the-edge-of-your-seat-oh-crap-the-person-may-die-how-will-they-escape thing. Bonus if the situation is complex yet reads like a clear, clockwork machine. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 8, 2012 - 42 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Spanish/English Book/Audiobook for retured literature-lover

Foreign Literature filter: Non-depressing but non-dumb novel/other literature in written English, written Spanish and Audiobook (either/both languages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Novel with shuffleable table of contents?

I remember a college professor telling me about a book, probably Latin American, possibly magical realism, in which the table of contents could be shuffled around according to some provided lists, and the book re-read accordingly, acquiring new meanings and interpretations with each shuffle. What is it called? Also welcome: suggestions for novels with a similar style or feeling, or which play with the medium in a similar way (I've already read House of Leaves).
posted by lhall on Nov 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Need a shakta novel!

I need a book about Shakta (Indian goddess) mysticism! [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Nov 10, 2010 - 1 answer

What was this Japanese novel?

Looking for the title of a Japanese novel that involved a cat murder. [more inside]
posted by norabarnacl3 on Aug 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Which "questy" books should I teach undergrads?

Looking for teachable, modern, western and nonwestern examples of "quest" narratives in literature? [more inside]
posted by demonic winged headgear on Jul 1, 2010 - 41 answers

help me complicate my life

Please recommend mystery/thriller novels with incredibly complex plots. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 4, 2010 - 39 answers

Help me pick a work of modern literature to write about.

What novel, published in the last five years, will keep my interest and be not-too-overly-verbose as to make my job harder (I have to write a paper discussing it's literary merits)? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Feb 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Dystopia in miniature!

What sci-fi novels feature small community habitats which are the petri dishes of social/political experimentation? By "habitat" I mean a structure or ship that's totally isolated and self-sufficient. Dystopia in miniature! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 13, 2010 - 45 answers

Great American Novels

People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni on Jun 20, 2009 - 70 answers

Summer Blockbuster Wins Pulitzer!

I crave a great novel that's as addictive as a popcorn movie. Please recommend me some literary page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 5, 2009 - 105 answers

Gay Writing

Can anyone recommend good novels about gay people? Not just genre fiction but actually literature? It seems to me there must be, but I've never been able to find any.
posted by blue shadows on Dec 14, 2008 - 57 answers

Long Sighted: What's the novel where a character has their eye stretched to the back of their head, thus enabling a kind of second sight?

Help me find this book! It's about a family, possibly from the North of the UK / Scotland, but the thing I remember most is one of the brothers travelling through South America. He washes up on a riverbank, plants almost grow up around him. Local indigenous people save him and he becomes a medicine man. [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Nov 18, 2008 - 0 answers

WTB: madeleines

What are some vivid examples of nostalgia in film and literature? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 27, 2008 - 30 answers

The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1787 version

Is there a reasonable English translation of Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" in the 1787 version? Thomas Carlyle and the nowadays authoritative translation by Burton Pike both used the 1774 version, but Goethe went thoroughly over it for his Complete Works. Online and printed editions fail in most cases to tell the version used. Can you recommend a book or even an online source?
posted by Wolfen on Sep 4, 2008 - 4 answers

___________

Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

How to appreciate Richard Ford ?

I'm reading Richard Ford's A multitude of sins short stories collection, and I find it rather dull... (less powerful Raymond carver to me) but it seems that he's considered as a "master of the short story" (Esquire), "one of the country's best writers" (San Francisco chronicle)... Could you give me elements to modify my judgement ?
posted by nicolin on Aug 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Victorian illness

What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jan 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Examples of novels in first-person diary style

Literature filter: Novels in the form of a first-person diary (day-by-day entries, or entries set against calendar dates). Can you name any good examples, particularly contemporary? I'm aware that it was relatively common format in earlier novels (for example, Dracula). [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Dec 12, 2007 - 42 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Beach reads about the Caribbean

Anybody know any good novels either about or a good chunk of which is set in the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Mar 21, 2007 - 40 answers

Title for a YAL girl's teen novel?

Everybody hates this, but I need help identifying a book so I can "rebuild" a preteen, YAL library... [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jan 5, 2007 - 11 answers

riverrun

Has Finnegans Wake ever been translated? How?
posted by dead_ on Oct 20, 2006 - 36 answers

Remixed literature?

Has anyone vastly improved -- or just changed -- someone else's already published writing by editing? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Aug 30, 2006 - 25 answers

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