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Initial post: 19 Apr 2012 15:52:40 BDT
N. Henry says:
M. Amis: Success, Money, Rachel Papers, London Fields etc

M. Houellebecq: Platform, Atomised, Possibility of an Island, The Map & The Territory

P. Roth: Portnoy's Complaint, Sabbath's Theater

G. Dyer: Jeff In Venice Death In Varanasi, Paris Trance

A.Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty, The Swimming Pool Star

B.S. Johnson: Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry

J.K. Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces

I. Welsh: Filth, Glue, Porno et al

J.Heller - Something Happened

K.Bonfiglioli - All his books

J.Meades - All his fiction

V.Nabokov - Lolita

B.Easton-Ellis - American Psycho

E.St.Aubyn - Melrose books

J.P.Donleavy - All his books

I also like the style of P.G.Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Scott Fitzgerald.

Assume I know about all the authors and all of their works above......please name some other authors/books that are similar, ie, bleak, misanthropic, unpleasant black comedy....

Please note -
I am not a fan of sci-fi or dystopian books.
Not into Bukowski, Palahniuk, Kerouac, Burroughs, Hunter Thompson type stuff.

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 20:06:18 BDT
Ian Atkinson says:
I was going to reply with something light-heartedly witty, but then I worried you might find out where I live. Jeez!

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 20:15:21 BDT
gille liath says:
Yeah, tough crowd.

I don't read a lot of modern fiction but I got a book for Xmas that might fit your demanding criteria: The Finkler Question

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2012 21:41:32 BDT
P.Roth : "when she was good", Mordecai Richler: "Barny's story",Jonathan Franzen: "the corrections", Eugenides: "Middlesex"

Posted on 24 May 2012 01:45:10 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 06:52:19 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Spam at its absolute worst - these wretched adverts are being plastered all over this forum without any regard to their relevance to the actual discussions.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 14:22:46 BDT
Mrs K says:
Christopher Brookmyre - I've just finished Pandaemonium - Catholic school trip meets the lizard men. Not strictly sci-fi, definitely more black comedy.

Will Self. Definitely on the dark side.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2012 02:45:13 BDT
Frank Mundo says:
Based on your list, how about Julian Barnes, John Cheever, Harry Crews? Maybe Don Delillo or Saul Bellow? Graham Swift?

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 19:49:40 GMT
Hippystick says:
Not sure how many fit the brief but these are some disturbing/challenging books I've enjoyed:
Hawksmoor - Peter Ackroyd
The Cement Garden - Ian MacEwan
The Night Following - Morag Joss
The Food Chain - Geoff Nicholson
Death And The Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
The Angel Maker - Stefan Brijs
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
Dirty Weekend - Helen Zahavi
The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro
Disgrace - J M Coetzee

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 21:19:52 GMT
I Readalot says:
How about Shalom Auslander's 'Hope - A Tragedy' not exactly unpleasant but it is is black comedy.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012 22:29:58 GMT
monica says:
Yeah, but try to imagine a post that *is* relevant to an OP listing 'books I like a great deal' and asking for titles to add to the list. At least the thicko advertising the American girl who sells cheap has a take on Latin that is amusing. Actually, it's depressing as well. Hence I suppose blackly humourous.

N. Henry, sure be to god books on your list are far too disparate to inspire any relevant recommendation. I'm being gentle because I've glanced at your wish list wh. seems at the least slightly interesting, but do come on--Fitzgerald and Wodehouse? Hollinghurst & Heller? Ian Atkinson's reply is perfectly understandable. (Funny, as well.)

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 23:45:57 GMT
K Butler says:
I suggest No Passage Landward by Lester James. Certainly it is bleak and misanthropic, at times also deeply unpleasant. I read it a while ago as a free download and it was generally okay for what I suspect is an indie first time author - some parts well done, other parts a bit ragged. Possibly wait for it to come up as free again?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 10:38:45 GMT
Anita says:
Another Burroughs. Depending on which you do not like

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 11:09:46 GMT
I was going to suggest Christopher Brookmyre too. I have read Quite Ugly One Morning, and just started One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night and it is black comedy from the very start. I have Pandaemonium on my shelf too, that sounds quite bizzare - look forward to reading it!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 12:07:50 GMT
LEP says:
The only ones I can think of are:

Clockwork Orange
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Catch 22
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