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Posted on Mar 18, 2011 3:25:04 PM PDT
B. Davis says:
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 3:26:25 PM PDT
B. Davis says:
Actually, anything by Alice Hoffman

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 9:26:27 AM PDT
For beautiful writing check out this newly published to Kindle (just 99 cents) poetry collection of Poetry Society of Am Robert Frost Award winning poet Jean Rubin. It's a "must own" for every one who loves good writing, and marvels at the ability of a fine poet to express observations in an accessible yet vastly articulate way. Every person who has ever celebrated or lamented moments alone, who has found joy in their work with others, or experienced the beauty of a new place or a favorite room, should own this work.
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Posted on Mar 19, 2011 9:27:56 AM PDT
Displacements
Oops I forgot to post the link to Displacements - Poems by Jean Rubin.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 7:01:43 AM PDT
Montauk, Stiller and Homo Faber by Max Frisch
Atonement and Saturday by Ian McEwan
Resistance and Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
The Time of our Singing by Richard Powers
Fredy Neptune by Les Murray
That Eye, the Sky by Tim Winton
Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley
Underworld by Don DeLillo
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Flanders Road by Claude Simon

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 3:56:59 PM PDT
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is perhaps in the top 5 English Language Prose.
Autumn Of the Patriarch by Garcia-Marquez
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 4:01:31 PM PDT
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonegutt
Autumn Of The Patriarch by Garcia-Marquez

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 1:37:31 PM PDT
6138 says:
Paul Auster and Robertson Davies, you can't go wrong with those two gentlemen...

If you read in Spanish, Javier Marias is a delight (I don't know how good are the english translations) or Aturo Perez-Reverte, specially "The Club Dumas".

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 9:35:20 AM PDT
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Posted on Dec 5, 2012 9:12:49 AM PST
Here's another to add to the list:
The Sinner by K. Trap Jones

Epic novel written in verse format. Recently won the Royal Palm Literary Award and is on the 2012 Horror Writer's Association Bram Stoker Award Recommended Reading List.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 7:52:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2013 7:55:15 AM PDT
IGS says:
"unhungry" sounds like brave new world

I would suggest "Paradise Lost" which although seemingly constricted, is more a book based on prose. Stunning in it ability to craft emotion and place. His depictions of the devil and his plight are jaw dropping brilliant:

"In Adamantine Chains and penal Fire,
Who durst defie th' Omnipotent to Arms.
Nine times the Space that measures Day and Night
To mortal men, he with his horrid crew
Lay vanquisht, rowling in the fiery Gulfe
Confounded though immortal:

But his doom
Reserv'd him to more wrath; for now the thought
Both of lost happiness and lasting pain
Torments him; round he throws his baleful eyes
That witness'd huge affliction and dismay
Mixt with obdurate pride and stedfast hate:

At once as far as Angels kenn he views
The dismal Situation waste and wilde, ]
A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible
Serv'd onely to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
That comes to all; but torture without end
Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd

The language old, the vision of it unsurpassed. I came upon this book later in life and thought I knew what great writing was about, I knew nothing. This man was probably the greatest epic poet the English language ever produced.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 4:11:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2014 4:12:49 AM PDT
Guy Gavriel Kay. I love his writing. Also, Peter Heller, wrote both The Dog Stars, and The Painter. Beautiful books!

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 8:38:46 AM PST
Oenone_Zero says:
I'm always looking for the same thing - sometimes I find myself wanting to get lost in an author's use of the language even more than their characters or storyline.
When I can't find anything that satisfies, or need to add some richness to my own writing, I always find myself coming back to "The Likeness" by Tana French. It's marketed as a murder mystery, but it's so much more than that I don't even know how to put it into words. It's the most captivatingly beautiful (and yet still modern) prose I've ever come across, and you'll be pulled into the story before you even realize it's happened. If you need proof, just flip to any page in the book and start reading. Give it a go! I swear it'll be the best book purchase you make all year.
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