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Old August 31 2013, 10:45 PM   #13
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Re: New classic literature?

Mistral wrote: View Post
Oryx and Crake or The Handmaid's Tale- 10+ years from now
I've recently read Oryx and Crake, and I think that there are much better dystopian novels out there. Don't get me wrong, it's a great dystopia... it's just not a great novel. I was impressed by all the neologisms and how well she developed this vision of where genetic engineering may lead us, but the characters left me cold. It's a novel of ideas with a very non-compelling human story.

JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
Do they have to be taught in schools to be considered classic? Most of the newer books that I consider classics would probably be considered inappropriate for teenagers by school boards. (Not by me, of course. Just by school boards. )

Roberto Bolano - 2666, Savage Detectives
Don Delillo - White Noise, Underground
Philip Roth - The Human Stain, American Pastoral
Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead

Out of those, The Human Stain is probably most likely to show up in schools.
I hope so. Now that is a great novel.
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