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I apologise in advance for this, as I know there are many, many posts similar to this out there. But the boy I am buying for is so fussy, I felt I needed to ask more specifically.

I am buying a Christmas present for a boy who rarely reads, but wants to get into it more. He has recently enjoyed A Spot of Bother and This Book Will Change Your Life - he is interested in, and I quote, "feel-good, kind of artsy, pretentious books".

Any recommendations for something that could tickle his fancy? Thank you so much in advance.

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letter4no1
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
If he enjoyed A Spot of Bother maybe try getting him The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It's also by Haddon, and almost universally agreed to be much better.
goingxmissing
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
thank you for the suggestion, but i have that myself so will probably just lend it him. thank you for the reply though :D
infinitlight
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
He might like Joe Tropper. I've enjoyed all of his books, especially The Book of Joe:

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Joe-Jonathan-Tropper/dp/0385338104/

They are modern lit for young men (but not as lame as I'm making them sound by this description--I just can't think how else to phrase it!), and are feel-good but literary and well-written.

In a similar vein is Dave Eggers, but he's slightly less feel-good. I really liked his autobiography,

http://www.amazon.com/Heartbreaking-Work-Staggering-Genius/dp/0375725784/

but he's written several novels as well and edits McSweeney's. (The McSweeney anthologies might appeal to your boy, too, if he likes short stories.)

Books are the best presents!
goingxmissing
Dec. 9th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
oh that first book does look very good! thank you so much for the recommendations :)!
infinitlight
Dec. 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
*Jonathan Tropper.

Stupid typos.
misswickham
Dec. 9th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
A few he might like
Jonathan Lethem - Motherless Brooklyn
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
Frank Portman - King Dork
Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim

Mark Haddon's first book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a spectacular book.

All the best

Maria.



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