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Six Great Modern Short Novels

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  2 reviews
These six short novels are as different from each other as any great work of fiction can be. But despite differences, all share that one element--the unmistakable ring of human truth--that marks each of them as a masterpiece. Novels include The Dead by James Joyce, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, Noon Wine by Katherine Anne Porter, The Overcoat by Nikolay Gogol, The Pilgrim ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 15th 1954 by Laurel (first published January 1st 1954)
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Mar 26, 2008 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to get an idea of a writer's style without wading through 600 pages.
It's rather unfair to read these short novels back to back. It's impossible, as the reader, not to compare them, pitting each great author against his or her peers, making value judgments on some of the strongest writers of the modern era. I couldn't help but find myself saying "Oh Gogol would have worded that better" or "Porter's Noon Wine ended better."

My only advice when reading this book is not to look at it as a compilation. Do not read it cover to cover. But rather, take each short novel o
Noon Wine was my favorite one, followed by the Overcoat.
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James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Joyce's technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue; he used a complex network of s
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