Quick Picks from CMCL

November 23, 2012

Checking In: The great, unrecognized genre of parrot fiction

Filed under: Books, Checking In — Tags: , , — klsseong @ 8:04 am

While browsing the author interview section on Powell’s website, I came across a Q and A with Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay).  When asked to recommend five books on a single subject, he chose the “unrecognized subcanon” known as the Great Works of Parrot Fiction to inspire his newish short novel The Final Solution.

And, here is the list.

A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
The Parrot by Guy de Maupassant
How Love Came to Professor Gildea by Robert Hichens
(or read this story online in “Tongues of Conscience” (1900))

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