Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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5 classic books that I don't know anything about.

Sometimes there are books that I feel like I should know something about, but which I've never bothered to pay much attention to. Sometimes they're dauntingly long. There are a lot of books in the world. Why would I read a seven volume novel about some guy lying in bed when I could read a dozen good regular sized books by different authors? And sometimes there's a classic book that somebody I hated really liked. Anyway, here are some books I pretend to know something about when they come up at the fancy literary parties I am clearly always attending - and here are my vague ideas of what they are about.

1. In Search of Lost Time - Proust.

Cheer up! It's Friday!

Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis was written just before she committed suicide. The Guardian reviewed it, and titled that review, "How do you judge a 75-minute suicide note?" Which I guess is the same as asking whether you can separate the author and the work, once you know something about the author's personal life - except you know, more dramatic and immediate seeming. She killed herself after writing the play, but before its production.

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