Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Book List

Here is the list of magic realism books I will read and review here over the next year. The sharp-eyed among you will realise that there are not 52 books on this list, that is because I am expecting to find more to be added over the year. I welcome suggestions
  • The Knife Thrower by Steven Millhauser
  • The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
  • The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Halpern
  • The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
  • Just Relations by Rodney Hall
  • Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
  • Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
  • Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Fludd - Hilary Mantel
  • Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
  • Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  • Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
  • Nights At the Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Cure For Death By Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon by Jose Saramago
  • Ruby Holler by Sharron Creech
  • House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  • Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
  • Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  • Metamorphasis by Franz Kafka
  • Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
  • Garden Spells by Sarak Addison Allen
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • The Magician and Other Stories by Murilo Rubiao
  • Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


Catherine Stine said...

Good list! I've read a few of these. I'm curious to read your upcoming reviews and discover which of these books you will recommend.

SilverRaindrops said...

I will happily join you in reading some of them, as I have quite a few on my TBR list and need an incentive to get going :).

Heather said...

Stumbled upon this list while trying to figure out whether "The Book Thief" was magical realism or not (I agree with you; it's not... although the narrative style certainly makes it almost-a-fantasy-except-it's-a-realistic-story...)

Anyway. I thought of a couple of books that *I* would say are magical realism that you might like to add to this list - Peter S Beagle's "A Fine and Private Place" and Jostein Gaarder's "Sophie's World". The Beagle book is definitely magical realism as I understand it (real world with a hidden fantastical element - in this case, ghosts - but not strongly enough fantastical to be an urban fantasy). Gaarder's is a little bit more difficult to pin down. I *think* that if you're going to describe it as any particular genre it would be that, but I could be wrong.

Enjoy your reading!