What a Nobel surprise, surprise! #ReadNobels #TTWIBRAT [Week 3]


This April challenge is rolling to a close soon. We've got a week left with the challenge to read just one book by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner this April. Curious? Here's the announcement and sign-up post.

This week, I'm wondering if over the last few week you've had any interesting surprises by way of author and/or book discoveries. Let's dive in, shall we?

Week 3 (April 18-24): What a Nobel surprise, surprise!

What other Nobel-prize winning authors / books have you discovered (or didn't realize were Nobel winners).

Funny how going through everyone's posts, my memory got jogged and I realized I'd missed putting in a few titles in last week's post.  I've read these three titles already all I am pretty sure when I was in school:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck* (1962)
This made quite an impression on me with its senseless violence and timeless message of friendship. Definitely deserves a reread.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway* (1954)
I remember this as a super thin book with a simple story but so beautifully written. I think that I need to reread this as an adult.

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore* (1913)
I thought this was an interesting snippet from the synopsis: "While traveling through one of the poorest regions in India, W. B. Yeats was amazed to discover the women in the tea fields singing the songs and poems of Rabindranath Tagore. This striking scene led the great Irish poet to appreciate the depth of India's far-reaching tradition of poetry and the fame of this one Indian poet."  


What books would you like to get in your TBR or read at a later date? What about the book/s, author/s or setting/s attract/s or intrigue/s you? 

Warning: I've cut down this list but sorry, it's still quite long. I'd like to read the following authors mainly because of specific books. I am particularly drawn to the Asian and Latin American writers but I am definitely not limiting myself to these. I always feel like a kid in a candy store going over the Nobel list of Literature Laureates!
 
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter* by Mario Vargas Llosa (2010)
I've heard only wonderful things about Vargas Llosa. I read one of the reviews on Read the Nobels blog and thought: gotta read it because it's about, women, writing and radio. (Plus it has a gorgeous cover, look at it!)

A House for Mr. Biswas* by V.S. Naipaul (2001)
I had a borrowed copy of this years (probably over a decade ago), read a few chapters but had to return the book. I remember enjoying those few chapter and vowed to finish it. I really should! I also love stories set in India.

Balthasar and Blimunda* by Jose Saramago (1998)
I adore Saramago and while I enjoy his blatantly alternate religious books, I am intrigued by the prospect of an 18th century love story between a soldier and visionary during the height of the Inquisition.

There are a few Go players in the family (look up your apps in your phone) so when I mentioned this historical fiction book to them: buy it, read it, they say!

Who hasn't heard of Doctor Zhivago? I must read this controversial book about the Russian Revolution!

More books I want to read and the list is incomplete, as you probably can guess:

How is your Nobel reading going? Do you have any discoveries that made you go ooohh!

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