Recommendations: Books told differently

I keep saying that I like books that are told in an unconventional manner or unchronologically or just plain differently. This is the thing that link most of my favourite books. So it seems only necessary to recommend some of those books in the hope that you might like some as well and so that you can tell me about your favourite books that might be a bit different.

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

23574514I adore everything I have read by David Mitchell. His characterisations are brilliant, his tone is pitch-perfect, and his way of loosely structuring his books just works extremely well for me. Most of his books are told in intersecting short stories and even more so, all his books allude to each other in one way or another – and ugh, I love that.

Ghostwritten might be my favourite of his – even though I also admire Cloud Atlas beyond everything. Mitchell is just a genius.

Kassandra by Christa Wolf

4412083Christa Wolf is possibly my favourite author – and Kassandra is definitely my favourite book of all times. I don’t even have the words to describe how much this books means to me. Told in stream of consciousness during the last few hours of Kassandra’s life, this book goes forward and backward in time in just the perfect way. Every sentence, every word is pitch-perfect.

The Zsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

29236311Anthony Marra should really get to writing more books because I have five-starred both books he has written so far and I don’t think I have done that with any other author. He has a way with words that makes me speechless and he is able to make characters of every single person in his books, often with just a sentence in a half. This book is (again) in the form of intersecting short stories that span years and genres and it is just absolutely breathtaking and sad. You really should read it if you haven’t already.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

9549746Again, a book told in short stories that span genres and feelings, this book made me so very happy while reading it. It very deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize and shows how different styles can be used without feeling gimmicky. Also, I do love pretentious books, so this was right up my alley. I was less impressed with Egan’s newest book, so I in no rush to read the rest of her oeuvre, but this one is really something.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

24612118I am a big fan of Lauren Groff’s writing in general (I am slowly making my way through everything she has ever written), but this book in particular was just made for me. Written first from the perspective of Lotto (often employing his horribly pretentious plays to do so), Groff than changes everything we know by telling the same (but very different) story from his wife’s (Mathilde) perspective. And I LOVED this. This book is just the right amount of indulgent and pretentious for me.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for me based on these books?

11 thoughts on “Recommendations: Books told differently

  1. I loved A Visit From the Good Squad. Fates and Furies wasn’t my favourite Groff, but I did enjoy it. Similarly, I prefer Mitchell’s more recent books to his earlier stuff (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks are my favourite) but I did devour Cloud Atlas as a teenager.

    This list has reminded me of some other classics with funny narratives – Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Ali Smith’s Hotel World spring to mind.

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    1. I cannot believe I forgot Station Eleven. I adore that book so very much. I struggled with Ali Smith’s Autumn and have been a bit reluctant to pick her other books up… But they do sound brilliant.

      I have not managed to finish The Thousand Autumns – that comes down to genre preference I think, I struggle with Historical Fiction a lot. I will pick it up again at some point though. Which is your favourite Groff?

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      1. Oh I couldn’t get on with Autumn at all… I think her earlier stuff is much better.

        I really loved The Monsters of Templeton, but I haven’t read all her novels.

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      2. That’s good to hear! Because I want to read more Ali Smith…

        The Monsters of Templeton is probably the next book by her I’ll tackle. I am currently reading her first short story collection – and I am so in love.

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