Saturday, 15 December 2012

2012: Top 15 Books Read

 
 
15.
Title: Coud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Sceptre  
Year of Release: 2004 







14.
Title: The Right Stuff
Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Year of Release: 1979







13.
Title: The Water-Method Man
Author: John Irvine
Publisher: Random House
Year of Release: 1972







12.
Title: Solar
Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Random House
Year of Release: 2010






11.
Title: Bandits
Author: Elmore Leonard
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Year of Release: 1987

10.
Title: Bone Machine
Author: Martyn Waites
Publisher: Pocket Books
Year of Release: 2007







9.
Title: End Zone
Author: Don DeLillo
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Year of Release: 1972







8.
Title: Young Stalin
Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Publisher: Vintage
Year of Release: 2008






7.
Title: In The Pond
Author: Ha Jin
Publisher: Zoland Books
Year of Release: 1998






6.
Title: Lucky Jim
Author: Kinglsey Amis
Publisher: Victor Gollancz
Year of Release: 1954






5.
Title: Skag Boys
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Year of Release: 2012






4.
Title: 1Q84
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Books
Year of Release: 2011






3.
Title: Blood Meridian
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Random House
Year of Release: 1985






2.
Title: Slaughterhouse Five
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Delacorte
Year of Release: 1969






1.
Title: Red Harvest
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Publisher: Knopf
Year of Release: 1929








Is there any other crime novel quite like Red Harvest? If there is, then I'm yet to read it. Hammett jam packed so many plots and characters into 215 pages that you literally come out the other end of crusade with your head spinning. Every sentence is like a rabbit punch. The language gives these rabbit punches the extra salsa just to mess your head up that little bit more. Dashiell Hammett urbanised literature like no other and Red Harvest was the start of it.