Summer reading - recommendations you might profitably or enjoyably read this summer from members of EAS around the city will be being posted on our Twitter feed @EASManchester over the next week or so, sign up to get some ideas of what to stuff in your suitcase...
Let us know what you are reading over the summer by adding to the comments section below.
Summer is the season for immersing myself in those 600+ page mega-books (usually of the 19th century variety) that I can't give my full attention to during term-time or marking periods. From a canonical perspective, can I suggest Vanity Fair (a truly rollicking read, with a delightfully amoral heroine), Bleak House (I defy you not to be moved by the plight of poor Esther Summerson), The Brothers Karamazov (more humorous than you might imagine) or, if you're really game, Robert Musil's Man Without Qualities (a philosophical novel of gargantuan proportions, the European Ulysses). But there are some contemporary mega-books worth giving your time (and holiday) to, as well: Don DeLillo's Underworld and Nicola Barker's Darkmans spring to mind. I must admit that I haven't yet made it past the first 200 pages of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, but I'm planning to knuckle down to it this summer, to determine whether it is, as alleged, a work of unparalleled genius, or merely an endlessly proliferating work of insane energy... we'll see. Students taking my 3rd year Futuristic Fictions course next year might also want to read some of the many future-oriented novels that haven't made it onto the course - feel free to contact me for suggestions! Kaye MitchellReplyDelete
Among God knows how many other things, Neil Lazarus’s new book The Postcolonial Unconscious (which promises, apparently, to ‘revolutionise’ the field), Derek Walcott’s new volume White Egrets and Raja Shehadeh’s A Rift in Time (melancholy reflections on Palestinian history). And Marx’s Capital of course, which I read cover to cover every summer. Robert SpencerReplyDelete
I've just been reading some great stuff:ReplyDelete
1) Siri Hustvedt's *The Summer without Men*
2) Tove Jansson, *The True Deceiver* and *A Winter Book*
Mary Oliver, *Wild Geese*
The new Geoffrey Eugenides is out soon isn’t it? I’m reading The Children’s Book by AS Byatt at the moment and it’s wonderful. I will be going for the Tove Jaanson next.ReplyDelete
Katie Popperwell, Citylife/ Manchester literary journalist
Streak ~~Willing~~Entourage Artesian
both by JH Prynne
Noir by Robert Coover and Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel in the new Mark Ford translation
The Afterparty by Leo Benedictus.
That should confuse a reader for a Summer.
Matthew Frost, Commissioning Editor, Manchester University Press
Trying to finish Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest too, probs some Historical novels: http://bit.ly/iYYwMb, Patricia Cornwell/ David Peace/ Charles DickensReplyDelete
Jerome de Groot
Lots of Dickens, Vanity Fair, China Miéville, Djuna Barnes, and Faulkner if it becomes unbearably hotReplyDelete
Tristan Burke, L3 student
Work: Bowlby-Carried Away; FM Ford-A Call; van Bergen-Before My Helpless Sight; Doblin-Berlin AlexanderplatzReplyDelete
Fun: BS Johnson-Travelling People; Childers-Riddle of the Sands;Good Soldier Svejk; Striphas-Late Age of Print
Michel Faber, _The Crimson Petal and the White_--am very keen to read this doorstopper of a faux-Victorian novel after loving the recent BBC adaptation thereof;ReplyDelete
China Mieville, _Embassytown--I've loved all of his novels, and this one, centring on language and its relationship to truth and understanding, and set in a futuristic universe of interplanetary migration, looks especially fascinating;
Jennifer Egan, _A Visit from the Goon Squad_--being old enough to remember the last vestiges of punk, this story of the exploits of musicians and music industry types from the 1970s to today sounds like my ideal read, and I was thrilled to hear that Egan is scheduled to participate in next year's Literature Live programme.
Bronte, Marquez, Kafka, Borges, Debord, Zelda Fitzgerald, Icelandic Sagas, Rahul Bhattacharya, Hopkirk's The Great Game...ReplyDelete
Laura Swift, L3 EAS student
Dickens, (as much as I can), Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Marquez, Mann and ConradReplyDelete
Jack Sullivan, L3 EAS student
Richardson's Clarissa; otherwise, initial thoughts are Plath, Ovid, Blake, & yet another re-read of Lolita.ReplyDelete
Isabelle Dann, EAS Student
I need to finish Zadie Smith On Beauty & Hemingway To Have and Have NotReplyDelete
Abigail Davies, EAS Student
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and will be taking Javier Marias’s Poison, Shadow and Farewell (3rd in the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy) on its third annual holiday, this time to see if it can actually get read.ReplyDelete
Summer reading will be H G Wells, Iris Murdoch and China MievilleReplyDelete
James Stanley, Contact Theatre Communications Officer
This summer - Annie Proulx, D Foster Wallace, Roberto Bolano, Kafka, Italo Calvino, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Cormac McCarthy, Saul Bellow, David Peace, Jonathan Franzen, and probably some Coetzee.ReplyDelete
John Roache, EAS Student
Aside from my 3rd novel, which has a lovely murderer in it....here are my suggestions:ReplyDelete
Per Petterson's novels, Out Stealing Horses or I Curse the River of Time (stunning, sad, smart page-turners). I read them both cover to end then back again twice. It's been ages since I was so floored by fiction. He's super super.
Sam Harris's The Moral Landscape (non fiction) is great too, if you want atheist scientists for company like I do....
I'm planning to revisit two old favourites:ReplyDelete
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (one of those long books that you feel bereaved at finishing) and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (the devil turns up in Moscow but it's not political vogue to believe in the devil any more which causes a few problems).
I'd also recommend 'The End of Mr Y' by Scarlett Thomas, which mixes magic, psychology and philosophy with a rather desperate picture of writing a PhD.I am still trying to get my head round it!
I am going to Whitby for a weekend, so I expect I shall finally get round to reading 'Dracula', and will be joining Natalie in reading 'Crimson Petal' (and suspect that despite its length it will tie up even fewer plot ends than the TV adaptation).
I’ll be reading Dermot Healy’s new novel Long Time No See, Ali Smith’s There but for the, Roy Foster’s Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances; I’ll be revisiting Jo Shapcott’s Of Mutability and Derek Mahon’s New Collected Poems and reading, among other new collections, Bernard O’Donoghue’s Farmers’ Cross, Sean O’Brien’s November and Ian Pople’s Saving Spaces.ReplyDelete
As of this moment, mine (besides third years texts) is No Country for Old Men, a biography of Bruce Springsteen, Dickens, and - possibly - the Millennium Trilogy. Hope that helps!ReplyDelete
My Summer of Love by Helen CrossReplyDelete
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I also plan to work through the long list of classics I haven't had time to read. First stop - Great Expecations!