Any Human Heart - William Boyd

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There is a particular difficulty in writing about the fictional journal of a fictional person while placing him or her in the proximity of historical figures and events. Boyd's Any Human Heart manages to do it well by deftly combining history and fiction without sacrificing one or the other. The novel is written in the form of a journal by Logan Mountstuart, and he recounts the arc of his life from an ambitious student to an impoverished has-been. In between, he becomes a writer, an art dealer, and a spy. He befriends Hemingway and earns the enmity of Prince Edward VIII. Boyd presents us with a rich tapestry about the life of one person and, by the act of writing, makes him real.

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ISBN: 9781400031009
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2004

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Imagine the virtuosity that is required of a writer to write something that's been called "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race", and that has been attributed as the definitive novel about the colonial history of Colombia. Imagine being a writer considered to be at the forefront of a particular style of literature. But you really don't have to imagine, you just have to read One Hundred Years of Solitude, a true masterpiece written by a writer who has secured his place in literary Valhalla.

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ISBN: 9780061120091
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff

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Marriages have long been the subject of literary fascination, and oftentimes the depiction of the institution is that of a failing relationship burdened by infidelity and boredom. In Groff's masterpiece, that is not the case. She writes about one that, despite its secrets and trials, is largely successful. At the novel's heart is a compelling story about the history and the connection between two people of disparate backgrounds, bolstered by lyrical and intricate writing that channels the epic poetry of the Greeks. A bold choice considering that marriages are often not the most immediate subject of epic poetry, but it is a choice that pays off because it magnifies the mundane and gives it more edge.

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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016