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Ronzermonster from Portland, OR is reading Forture Smiles October 8, 2014 - 10:31am

List your five favorite books by each decade of the 20th century onward. Or at least as many decades as you can. 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 1990s. You get the idea.

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions October 9, 2014 - 5:12am

Daunting task. Had never really thought of fiction as decade specific, and my books are all in another country so I can't browse/reference, but off the top of my head, there are a few works/authors that I definitely associate with a time/era.

The 80's for me are Raymond Carver. Toni Morrison's Beloved as well. The late 80's to mid 90's in my mind were a high time for women writers, also ethnic, minority, and foreign writers. Morrison, Alice Walker, Garcia Marquez were household names. Books like the Mambo Kings, Tracks, a lot of high profile works (not all favs though). Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine is one of my favorites. 

The 90's (like 90's music) went a little grittier/edgier (better). Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson and Drown by Junot were both 90's classics. Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien is a great 90's novel. The Things They Carried as well. I'm sure a lot of people on here would rank Fight Club up there.

The 00's I think of David Foster Wallace. Murakami. George Saunders. Bolano. Zadie Smith. Though they all don't fit just in that decade of course.

Do you have five favs from each decade? 

 

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Ronzermonster from Portland, OR is reading Forture Smiles October 9, 2014 - 4:42pm

Trying to put such a list together. Becoming more conscious of the time books came out instead of just thinking of them as immortal tomes.