Literary blog hop -is there such a thing as literary non fiction ?

Well what a great question and here at winstonsdad the answers is of course yes ,how do you define literary non  fiction now that is a little harder I would think because it can really be books from  any form of non fiction .The best i feel range from the english travelogues of Patrick leigh fermor ,Eric Newby and Bruce Chatein ,through to theprose style pieces of Slavenka Drakulic and Andrzej stasiuk with there writings on eatern europe .

But to sum up in one book the best it would have to be Joseph Mitchells up in the old hotel ,which I have rob of robaroundbooks to thank for .Mitchell was a wtiter for the new yorker who wrote wonderful prose on the underbelly of america from the thirties to the early nineties his portrayal of the characters and events he cane across in the less well known parts of new York and America are a fitting testament to his talent to draw the reader in .

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 13:20:20

    I’ve been looking at all these posts to see what everyone says because I’m not a big nonfiction reader myself. I couldn’t really answer the question so I didn’t participate this week. But it seems the answer from participants is a resounding YES! 🙂


  2. JoAnn
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 14:23:03

    I’m not familiar with Mitchell, but this book sounds very interesting. Thanks for mentioning it!


  3. parrish
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 17:16:14

    Following your theme of travelogues, how about Iain Banks’s Raw Spirit, this i not just about traveling (scotland) but whisky, friendship & a wee smidge of politics, it’s also damned funny. It may or may not be “high literature” but it has been known to have inspired me, just a wee dram.
    enjoyed your write up.


  4. Rose City Reader
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 17:26:48

    That was my pick too!!! At least, it was one of them. Up in the Old Hotel is an incredible book. I cannot believe I only read it for the first time this year. Since I read it, I’ve given it to two people for gifts and I had a long conversation at a coffee chop with a guy who was rereading his dogeared copy for the umpteenth time. It’s a great, great book.

    Here is the
    link to my post, that has a link to my review of Mitchell’s book. If you have a review of it, please leave me a comment with a link to your review and I will list it on mine.


  5. debnance at readerbuzz
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 20:51:54

    I’m heading straight to Amazon to add this book to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Here’s my post on literary nonfiction. I’d love to hear what you think.

    And if you have read any wonderful literary books
    published in 2010, I urge you to nominate your favorites
    for The Independent Literary Awards. The awards
    include categories of Literary Fiction and Literary Non-Fiction.
    Nominations close December 15.


  6. Mystica
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 21:46:51

    So many blog posts on this subject and a wide range of books thrown up. Never heard of this author but will go look for it.


  7. Ingrid
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 23:02:17

    Never heard of Joseph Mitchell … sounds interesting.


  8. gautami tripathy
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 01:42:23

    Love that cover! Enough for me to pick the book!

    Here is my Literary Blog Hop post!


  9. Rob
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 13:44:59

    Thanks for the mention Stu (and for putting the spotlight on Joseph Mitchell – undoubtedly the greatest literary journalist EVER), but I’ve got to say, what a ridiculous question to ask in the first place!!
    Warmest regards


  10. curlygeek04
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 02:45:27

    This book sounds great! I haven’t read a lot of travel writing but I’ll look this one up.


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