The Master and Margarita Song of Solomon Dogeaters Dogeaters The Autumn of the Patriarch The Autumn of the Patriarch Beyond Palomar
Shame Shame The Master and Margarita Dogeaters The Autumn of the Patriarch Epic Traditions of Africa Pride and Prejudice (Revised)
Song of Solomon Beyond Palomar Shame Song of Solomon Tom Jones Pride and Prejudice (Revised) Epic Traditions of Africa
The Master and Margarita Tom Jones Tom Jones Shame Pride and Prejudice (Revised) Epic Traditions of Africa Beyond Palomar

Marlon James's Favorite Books

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Shame

Shame

Salman Rushdie

$17.00 $15.81

What Kafka gave Marquez—permission to write—Shame did for me. And like all electrifying experiences, at first it was just the shock that such things could be done with novels, that got to me.

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

$16.00 $14.88

Three quarters of the way in, and Song of Solomon is merely one of the three best books I’ve ever read. But the last 60 pages are one of the most astonishing feats of writing I’ve ever read. I remember reading it standing up, almost in this fever, and so thoroughly believing the ending that I almost jumped off my balcony.

Pride and Prejudice (Revised)

Pride and Prejudice (Revised)

Jane Austen

$9.00 $8.37

Because nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen. It still blows my mind that her unsavory, and unfortunate characters (Mrs Bennett, Lady Catherine, Charlotte), are the only ones who truly know what time it is.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Henry Fielding

$8.95 $8.32

First book I ever read for school that I was sad to see end. Best plot of all time? Maybe, but too close to the top to merit serious argument.

Dogeaters

Dogeaters

Jessica Hagedorn

$17.00 $15.81

Possible the most brutally, hilariously accurate portrait of post colonial Jamaica I’ve ever read. And it’s a novel about the Philippines.

The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$15.99 $14.87

Picking a Marquez novel is a near impossible task. It’s too easy to just go with the obvious choice(s). But this is his most daring novel, and the labyrinthine twists and turns of each sentence demand undivided attention—so perfect for a desert island, then.

Beyond Palomar

Beyond Palomar

Gilbert Hernandez

$18.99

I sometimes wonder if I’m the only person to realize that the collected Palomar stories, from one half of Los Bros Hernandez, adds up to the finest American novel of the past 30 years?

Epic Traditions of Africa

Epic Traditions of Africa

Stephen Belcher

$25.30

Grimm’s Fairytales are great, the Icelandic sagas are essential, and I’m always here for Grendel. But sometimes you want to read about the Cannibal Witch, Unborn children who leave the womb at night to hunt for food, and Son Jara, the original Lion King.

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov and Christopher Conn Askew

$18.00 $16.74

Nude vampires, a gun-toting talking black cat, and devil as ultimate party starter aside, the miracle of this novel is that every time you read it, it's a different book.