Friday, October 10, 2008

The Novel

"...I think we have to continue to read novels. Because I think that the novel is a very good means to question the current world without having an answer that is too schematic, too automatic. The novelist, he’s not a philosopher, not a technician of spoken language. He’s someone who writes, above all, and through the novel asks questions.”

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, French novelist, won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday


elizabeth said...


mmmmm, i so need a novel right now.

any recommendations??!!

Elizabeth Dark Wiley said...

I would say something by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, but I haven't actually read any of his novels. And apparently they're kinda tough to get in English translation. He's not well-known in the states.
I actually don't read much fiction (funny, considering I married a lit guy), but one that always comes to mind when someone asks me is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I'm reading it's "sequel" right now.

Mary Beth said...

oooo, brent and i both like this