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Suggestions: July 2014: Short Stories & Novellas

Discussion in 'Suggestions and Voting Archive' started by Polly Parrot, May 23, 2014.

  1. Polly Parrot

    Polly Parrot Moderator Staff Member

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    I will leave this one open for a while to get some suggestions going. Plenty of time. :)

    Any short story or novella, no specific genre.
    Feel free to suggest more than one title. I will limit the poll to ten options so if you suggested multiple titles and there are more than ten suggestions I will PM you about which one to put forward.
     
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    Polly Parrot Moderator Staff Member

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    Italo Svevo, The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl (1926)
    The fable-like story of an old man's sexual obsession with a young woman is a distillation of Italo Svevo's concerns--attraction of an older man to a younger woman, individual conscience versus social convention, and the cost of sexual desire. This novella is a marvel of psychological insight, following the man's vacillations and tortuous self-justifications to their tragic-comic end.
     
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    Conscious Bob Well-Known Member

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    I suggest Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, I've always fancied reading it.
     
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    Polly Parrot Moderator Staff Member

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    Me too but I never got round to it.
     
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    Brida... Paulo Coehlo!!
     
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    How long is too long to really be considered a novella?

    Anyway, I'm keen to suggest Amélie Nothomb's The Character of Rain. (Link)

    Or, if that's too long (144 pages), then perhaps Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives.
     
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    Polly Parrot Moderator Staff Member

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    144 pages doesn't seem overly long. Plus, looking at the number of suggestions so far, I might go ahead and add both to the poll. :)
     
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    I'm guessing most people have read these in school, but figured I'd offer them as suggestions just in case. They're horrifying but thought-provoking.

    The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
     
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    Not read either of those at school. Or since, for that matter.
     
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    Poll is up. :)
     
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    The only Jackson I've read (and loved) is We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Really good stuff.
     

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