What is a pulitzer or Nobel Peace Prize winning novel that is short, around 200-300 pages, OR read below for other suggestions you can give me.  Or an entertaining story published around 1960 that...

What is a pulitzer or Nobel Peace Prize winning novel that is short, around 200-300 pages, OR read below for other suggestions you can give me.


Or an entertaining story published around 1960 that is around 200-300 pages long. Any help is extremely appreciated.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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It's hard to know exactly what you mean about "entertaining." There are any number of books that are riveting, for one reason or another.

A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is a highly acclaimed book, as is Joseph Heller's Catch 22. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a little over two hundred pages, and is a classic of American literature. The Godfather by Mario Puzo was also a highly-read book when it was published. Another is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, but this book is "hard core" and often hard to take, based on actual events. If you like sci-fi, Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain might be to your liking: in fact, anything by Michael Crichton is probably good—he's an excellent writer. This particular novel is from the 1960s. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X, Alex Haley is a book that drew many readers and still does today. The Graduate by Charles Webb might be more entertaining that some of those previously mentioned. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin might entertain if you're into witchcraft and exorcism.

Books that I found entertaining, that were considered risque at the time, though I'm not sure they are two hundred pages in length (they might be) are the Ian Fleming series of James Bond books. I thoroughly enjoyed them, and there are several to choose from. I recall that I liked Casino Royale a great deal. For mysteries, you might check out Agatha Christie novels. Another mystery is Marnie, by Winston Graham. Up the Down Staircase by Bell Kaufman might be an entertaining, humorous choice for you. One more classic is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. (The novel is both humorous and tragic at the same time.)

There are many other books. Some are more for a younger audience like the Lloyd Alexander books, and there are many. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming is also entertaining, for a younger audience but I'm not certain about the length.

There are many to choose from. I hope I've been able to provide one that meets your requirements.

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Night, by Elie Wiesel

Its his account of his time as a prisoner in the Nazi death camps.  98 pages.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize.  I'm not sure if it was for the book, specifically, but he never would have won without it.