Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Novels of Hard Times

I just read an essay by Mark Steyn in which he discussed the London riots and mentioned Clockwork Orange and The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess.

When times are strange, it is tempting either to seek escape in literature or to go the opposite direction in search of doomsday or extreme scenarios. A few books to consider:

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  2. 1984 by George Orwell

  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  4. Children of Men by P.D. James

  5. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

  6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

  7. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

  8. The Postman by David Brin

  9. The Pesthouse by Jim Crace

  10. The White Plague by Frank Herbert

  11. Malevil by Robert Merle

  12. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

  13. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

  14. A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter Smith

  15. The Stand by Stephen King

  16. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  17. Others?


Anonymous said...

Non-Fiction, but would Man's Search For Meaning fit? V. Frankle


Hard hard times described.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, Canticle for Leibowitz, an old favorite! And the Postman, which made a good movie too. How about Diary of Ann Frank, or does it not qualify because it's not a novel?