Posts under ‘Nobel Prize’

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

  Source: Personal copy Winner of 1932 Pulitzer Prize Pearl Buck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 Five words from the blurb: China, farmer, changes, wealth, family The Good Earth is set in pre-revolutionary China and shows how the fortune of farming families is dependent on the weather, good planning, and the whims […]

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 Five words from the blurb: boys, marooned, island, transformed, savages There are several large holes in my reading history and Lord of the Flies was one of the biggest. It is so entrenched in our culture that I felt I knew what it […]

Abandoned: The Twyborn Affair by Patrick White

Patrick White is an author I’ve wanted to try for a long time. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1973 and I’m sure I’ll love some of his work, but unfortunately I think I started with the wrong one. The Twyborn Affair was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1979, but the author […]

Two Abandoned Nobels

 Translated from the German by Joachim Neugroschel The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 Five words from the blurb: Vienna, emotional, self-destruction, intensity, porn The Piano Teacher is an unrelenting, intense tale of one woman’s self-destruction. Erika is a piano teacher who lives with her controlling mother. […]

Independent People – Halldór Laxness

 Halldor Laxness won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955 Five words from the blurb: Iceland, epic, sheep, independence, masterpiece I first heard about Independent People when David Mitchell, one of my favourite authors, recommended it. He seems to have a very good taste in books and so I now snap up anything that he […]

The Elephant’s Journey – José Saramago

  Translated from the Portugese by Margaret Jull Costa José Saramago won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998 Blindness is one of my favourite books and so I was looking forward to reading José Saramago’s latest novel – especially as he sadly died in June this year and so this will have been the last book […]