Saturday, 15 December 2012

2012: Top 15 Books Read

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.