Tag Archives: contemporary fiction

Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan is only known to me through the news as a troubled country. This novel made it feel closer, and its people familiar. There is friendship, there is sacrifice, and there are moments where you almost experience the deeply troubled and disturbing social circumstances as your own. Very well-written.


Book title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Book length: 433 pages

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CAT’S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut

I love satire. Vonnegut is possibly the best author who combines satirical commentary on humanity with his unique blend of humor and a fantastically absurd fantasy world. Some moments were laugh out loud in a terrifying sense, and makes you wonder how you’ve ever lived as a human being so naively before. A great read.

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BABYLON REVISITED by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The problem with being considered the “Great American novelist” is that there would always be some people who argue that he is not really that great. For me, whether Fitzgerald was truly a great novelist or not, his short stories are truly divine. Read this, and be awed by his powers.

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BLACK SWAN GREEN by David Mitchell

As some of you already know, I have enormous respect and admiration for the author for his ability to write superbly in more than one genre. His science fiction and fantasy novels are mesmerising, but Black Swan Green is rightfully hailed as the British version of The Catcher in the Rye. The narrator’s voice grows on you. This is an endearing read.

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Outside of the horror genre, Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors of all times. An ex-girlfriend recommended this book as a must-read, and I agree that it is contemporary novel at its best: there is twisted, sick humor, disturbing truths and deceits, but also, glimmers of hope and a dash of love.

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The very talented Steve Martin is so much more than only a comedian. I’ve recommended one of his plays before (read here) and today I heartily recommend this contemporary fiction piece, The Pleasure of My Company. I’m not aware of too many stories based on a man with OCD, this is one of them. It is an engrossing read. There is humor, but more than that. It’s subtle, and touching in a realistic way. Just as a side note: the paperback version is cheaper than the Kindle version.

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