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Best Novels of the 21st Century (So Far)

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NBooth mentioned this new list, topped by Junot Diaz's The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in our Junot Diaz thread, but I wanted to create this dedicated thread for discussion.

 

As I mentioned in the other thread, it's nice to see Gilead on the list.

 

I've also read numbers 2, 5, 7 and 9.

 

 

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Except for Brief, Wondrous Life (which I listened to on CD and then had to return before finishing) I've not read any of these, though I own a couple (Gilead, Billy Lynn, The Known World, Kavalier and Clay).

 

I should really do something about that.

 

(Is it just me, or does this list skew very heavily toward a kinda realest aesthetic? Atonement might have some metafictional play at work--if it's anything like the movie--but other than that one and a couple more [Brief, Wondrous Life, perhaps, and maybe the Chabon novel] there seems to be a definite bias away from experimental novels. Is that true or am I over-reading a list full of books I've not read?)

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Is that true or am I over-reading a list full of books I've not read?)

I think I recently came across a Clickhole article that addresses that very question. ;)

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Is it just me, or does this list skew very heavily toward a kinda realest aesthetic?

It's not just you.

This list is just as underwhelming as this year's Oscar nominations. Some acceptable choices, but nothing particularly exciting.

Edited by Ryan H.

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I've read 2-7.  This is almost exactly what I would expect a list like this to look like, but I don't think it's bad at all and the Ben Fountain book is a bit of a surprise.

 

It is commonplace now, but it was pretty exciting when Chabon mined the world of comic books back in 2000. Wolf Hall is similar in how it takes on historical fiction.  

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