who is your favorite author ..please write something about his/her writing style and what according to you is his/her best work?
A few favorites...
Haruki Murakami - combines surreal elements with melancholy, depressing themes rooted in modern Japanese society. "Norwegian Wood" is one of the most painful love stories I've read.
Milan Kundera - alternates between regular narrative and deliberate social commentary. Has an interesting insight into the human condition every two pages.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - powerful imagery, complex writing. great stuff that I'll readily admit sometimes goes over my head. Hard to describe him, but read up on 100 Years of Solitude if you haven't yet.
My -latest- favourite would have to be A La Carte.
Very unique writing style that often surprises...
Are you talking in general or favorite author here on HP?
Isabella Snow can make even the driest of subjects entertaining.
Edith Wharton. Novel: The Age of Innocence.
Nobody can write like she could. Her ability to imbue simple descriptions with meaning, to have every word doing so much more than just a one thing. Her dialogue is so spot on for each character, making each so uniquely alive it seems impossible that one person could understand so many human types that well. She writes about stuff I don't even care about, but the beauty and mastery of craft are so jaw dropping you end up caring anyway. It's amazing.
Any creative writer, any writer really, who is trying to learn how to write well should read her and study, carefully and slowly, how she composes sentences and uses diction. She is a graduate program unto herself.
See, I'd assume that it meant someone on hubpages, due to the fact that it was (originally) posted in the hubber's hangout.
OH and I think my all round favourite might just be Shadesbreath. Don't tell him though...
I happen to have it on good authority the person you have named makes up facts and steals articles from small children.
That bastard! I was trying to tell everyone that my ten month old daughter is a prodigy since she already wrote her first poem. It was something along the lines of :
However I couldn't find it anywhere. If it shows up in his work I'll just be so cranky!
H.P. Lovecraft. Bloodcurdling tales of horror and the mcabre.
I like Maita aka prettydarkhorse. She always makes me hungry.
George Gordon, Lord Byron.
WHEN we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.
Can you imagine any modern day persons parting in silence and tears?
How about a mute with sealed tear ducts? :-)
Byron was probably the first rock star poet given his rebellious nature and interest in hallucinogenic drugs.
Perhaps. But have you read his poetry?
I have he was a bit of a soppy romantic at heart. Not as soft and mushy as Wordsworth though. I didn't like his work at all.
Byron and Shelley were hellraisers in their time which I sort of admired. I liked the fact that Byron helped fight for Greek independence inbetween excesses of drink and drugs.
'mad bad and dangerous to know' Sounds like a good tattoo to me.
one of my favorite verses of any poem, ever.
SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
from She Walks in Beauty
War and Peace
I also like his less popular work: "Shaving for Dummies"
Might have said Milan Kundera, but has been said already.
Herman Hesse - Magister Ludi
Jonathan Safran Foer - Everything Is Illuminated
I am and always have been a sucker for Fitzgerald -- as a writer and as an alcoholic! "The Great Gatsby" is my favorite, because it juxtaposes the decadence and debauchery of the roaring 20s with a heartwrenching/sordid/pedestrian tragedy.
I also love it because East Egg/West Egg = where I grew up on Long Island!
Not the most defensible choice, I know.
But I figured it was better than Danielle Steele!*
*Truth be told I have never read any Danielle Steele
You don't need to read Danielle Steel I find the front cover is enough when throwing a passing glance at her books that are neatly stacked in the bargain bin.
I lked the correspondence letters between Fitzgerald and Hemingway painted a good picture.of their times.
John Green! YA fiction is sort of underrated, as if because the target audience is youth it obvious isn't up to the standard of literature. Green disproves that notion entirely and I'm fairly certain he is completely unaware of how well written he's books really are. Looking for Alaska might be his best work so far.
Virginia Woolf and Orlando would be my number two for sure and then maybe Chuck Palahnuik and Fight Club.
After that I'm not sure... for all I know I haven't even encountered my favorite author yet.
Paulo Coelho -
'The Alchemist' and 'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept'
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