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Which book (between 1960 and 1980) should one possibly read?I am a dutch student who...

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irislirisl | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted July 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM via web

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Which book (between 1960 and 1980) should one possibly read?

I am a dutch student who has to read a English novel from the literary period between 1960 and 1980 but I have no idear which book I should read..

Its very hard for a non-English person to find books from precisely that period.. If you asked me a Dutch title, I would know it immediately.

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etotheeyepi | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM (Answer #2)

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English novel? By English Authors? Or just written in English?

To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM (Answer #3)

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There are a number of highly respected English-language authors from this period, though not necessarily a great deal of writers whose work is taught in schools today. The novel you should choose will depend on your area of interest as well as your preference for size and type of novel. 

Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize for literature and wrote books exploring the cross-sections between intellectual, spiritual and modern life. Herzog, The Adventures of Augie March and Humbolt's Gift are all excellent (though large) books. 

Two other writers publishing between 1960 and 1980 are Norman Mailer and James Baldwin. Baldwin wrote on subjects of race, identity and sexuality and the role of art in life. His most popular book today is his first novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain. (This book is well-suited to a reader fitting your description.)

Norman Mailer was once, arguably, the most popular writer in America. Today his stature is somewhat diminished, but as a writer he is worth looking into. American Dream is a nicely crafted novel from the 1960s. 

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM (Answer #4)

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There are many interesting books written in the time period you described.  It depends on whether you want books about the period, or just written then.  I suggest One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey as a good example for the time.  I also suggest Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.  Both books are mind-blowing.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM (Answer #5)

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Here are some of my favorites:

60's

  • Rabbit Run
  • Catch 22
  • The Winter of Our Discontent
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

70's

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • The Mote in God's Eye.

80's

  • Lonesome Dove
  • It
  • Ender's Game

 

 

 

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:18 AM (Answer #7)

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The Outsiders (1967) by S.E. Hinton is great for high school students; it tells the story of two battling  teenage gangs in the 1960s.  It reads gritty and real, putting the reader in the middle of the action from the very first page.

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM (Answer #8)

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Given that this addresses books I should have read, I would say that I am still struggling to find time to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Also, I have been staring at A Clockwork Orange for a while now as well.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM (Answer #9)

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 John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent is a worthy novel, Steinbeck represents much of American thought. 

Canadian-born Saul Bellow's Herzog is not an easy read, but an excellent novel of man's angst.

Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses is very well-written; the dark side of humanity is presented in a poetic manner--McCarthy can write!

McCarthy's The Crossing 

Toni Morrison's The Song of Solomon--a good read with Magic Realism thrown in.

 

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM (Answer #10)

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From the decade of the '60s I would say The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry would be a good read. In addition, I would add Fail Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Furthermore, I would add The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carre to the 60s list.

From the decade of the '70s I would say Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley would also be a worthwhile read. I also suggest Sophie's Choice by William Styron. Moreover, I would put forth All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein as a significant book to read.

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mimerajver | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted August 4, 2012 at 3:01 AM (Answer #11)

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British author Anthony Burgess is a powerful literary voice speaking to us from the 1960s and 1970s. I strongly recommend Inside Mr. Enderby (1963) and Napoleon Symphony (1974).

The British Museum Is Falling Down (1962) by David Lodge is a hilarious postmodern view of contemporary man's predicaments in the postcolonial era.

The Magus (revised 1977) by John Fowles illustrates a popular trend of the decade, warning readers that deception was in play, and challenging them to find out the truth hidden among cleverly devised lies. 

The list of excellent novels published in the period is endless. I have chosen these four on the basis of their original approach to plot and language.

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irislirisl | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted August 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM (Answer #12)

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There are a number of highly respected English-language authors from this period, though not necessarily a great deal of writers whose work is taught in schools today. The novel you should choose will depend on your area of interest as well as your preference for size and type of novel. 

Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize for literature and wrote books exploring the cross-sections between intellectual, spiritual and modern life. Herzog, The Adventures of Augie March and Humbolt's Gift are all excellent (though large) books. 

Two other writers publishing between 1960 and 1980 are Norman Mailer and James Baldwin. Baldwin wrote on subjects of race, identity and sexuality and the role of art in life. His most popular book today is his first novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain. (This book is well-suited to a reader fitting your description.)

Norman Mailer was once, arguably, the most popular writer in America. Today his stature is somewhat diminished, but as a writer he is worth looking into. American Dream is a nicely crafted novel from the 1960s. 

 

Thank you so much for your reply!

Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin was first published in 1953, unfortunatly.. And since my English teacher is very tough, she won't allow me to read it. BUT!: After reading a book from 1960 - 1980, we have to read a book from 1850 - 1960, so this book is a good option to read then.

Thank you for the other recommendations!

 

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discoverer | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM (Answer #13)

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a great book mainly regarding communism and the way economy of England was run in the early 1800s. Now that the world is in the midst of a global financial crisis, it would be useful just to go through the ideas which the author has mentioned and ponder just for a second where full-blooded capitalism has brought us or, has it?

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