Multcolib My Librarian Diana: All time favorite fiction
Annotation:This book is astonishing. It's written from the point of view of a minister who lives in a small town in the Midwest. He's dying and is writing for his young son to read after he's gone. I am not interested at all in small town life or Christianity, but Robinson's writing is lyrical and full of soul and love for this world.
Annotation:This book, about the failure of the Norse settlement in Greenland in the 14th Century, is not for the faint of heart. It's written in kind of an impenetrable style, similar to that of the Icelandic sagas, and there are hundreds of characters with difficult Norse names to keep straight-- but I got completely absorbed in the turning of the seasons, the strangeness of their world and the disaster waiting to happen.
Annotation:In this alternative history of England in which magicians wield great power, it is fussy, pedantic Mr. Norrell and dashing Jonathan Strange who win the Napoleonic wars for Great Britain. This is the kind of book that is dauntingly long at first, but then ends long before you want it to.
Annotation:This is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay and their quest to become American icons in the comic book world. This book is just packed with interesting things.
Annotation:Did you know that there were free black people in the South who actually owned slaves themselves? This well-written book ranges between the past and future and back again to the present, weaving together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- allowing readers a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.
Annotation:Is it cheating, sneaking in a "Complete Novels"? I guess I'm what is called a Janeite. I love Austen's books, especially Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. Austen had an eye for character like no one else (except maybe Dickens), and she's very funny.
Annotation:What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? I loved the dreamy but precise writing in this book, which sometimes reminded me of Virginia Woolf.
Annotation:In 1969 in Kerala, India, Rahel and her twin brother, Estha, struggle to forge a childhood for themselves amid the destruction of their family life, as they discover that the entire world can be transformed in a single moment. This is a strange and lyrical novel.
Annotation:In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer, a man with secrets.
Annotation:After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a historic English graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. This is a wonderful book, and not just for kids.
Annotation:When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which will lead him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak and friendship and betrayal. Dickens takes such obvious pleasure in creating rich characters.
Annotation:I couldn't put down this novel about the men on a voyage to the Arctic who got stranded in the ice and some of the women left behind in Philadelphia, waiting for them. The Arctic journey is narrated by the ship's naturalist, and Andrea Barrett excels at writing about the natural world.
Annotation:This book is about the repercussions of slavery for the people who survived it and it features a terrifying baby ghost. Morrison is an amazing, evocative writer.