Posted by Lynne on July 29, 1998 at 02:58:05:
In response to What I tried to say..., written by Barbara on July 28, 1998 at 23:45:39
] ] ] In short, I certainly wouldn't consider this list all-conclusive...for example, a Canadian writer I enjoy alot is Margaret Atwood (The Robber Bride, The Handmaid's Tale) You could argue as to whether or not she should be on such a list...but she does write well, and I think her stories say something about humanity.
] ] I can't read Barbara's post (technical glitch)
] That is strange!!
] but one of the authors I really enjoy is (was) a Canadian: Robertson Davies. The Deptford trilogy in particular is very interesting: overlapping stories told from very different points of view, very different styles. I also liked Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and the more recent Alias Grace.
] I had said that I thought Atwood was a definite oversight and that The Handmaid's Tale was certainly worthy of being on the list. I also mentioned Robertson Davies!! He, and several other great Canadian writers did not make the list: W.O. Mitchell (Who Has Seen the Wind?), Farley Mowatt, Margaret Laurence... I'm sure there must be others.
I have added on the above on my "to read" list...I also want to read "Like Water for Chocolate.."
What is needed are lists from each country where English is the main language...or at least one of the languages spoken. If the book is well written, the nationality of the author should not matter.
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