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Greatest Living Author (1 Viewer)

Stacy

Senior Member
Who do you think is the greatest writer of our age? I'm not asking who your favorite author is, but who you think is most worthy to be read by the generations to come.

As for me, I have to say Jeffrey Eugenides, the author of "The Virgin Suicides" and "Middlesex." His novels have the decadent feel of Greek tragedies, and the language is remarkably beautiful. His style of narration is fascinating too, as he has a preference for unreliable narrators.

For a second place award, I'd have to say Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
 
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pitseleh

garcia marquez absolutely number one for me. he is original and his writing is poetic.
 
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Rebecca

Kurt Vonnegut? Eugenides is incredible. I think that David Mamet is really worthwhile too.
 

swisstony

Senior Member
george martin, LOL. THe best writer not your favourite ;)

I'll take a stab at either Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo, Salman Rushdie or Annie Proulx.

Technically, and recently Franzen's the Corrections joins this group, the writing in books by these people is really very very strong.

Try Midnight's Children or The Shipping News for prose that really is a cut above anything in the last 40 years.
 

Bhauger

Senior Member
swisstony said:
george martin, LOL. THe best writer not your favourite ;)

I'll take a stab at either Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo, Salman Rushdie or Annie Proulx.

Technically, and recently Franzen's the Corrections joins this group, the writing in books by these people is really very very strong.

Try Midnight's Children or The Shipping News for prose that really is a cut above anything in the last 40 years.

If he's my favorite, wouldn't I consider him the best? :\
 
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Ilan Bouchard

Yamato145 said:
ME!!!
MUAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
(the bad part is im sure someone already declared theirselves best on here)
Uh, yeah...


I say Shakespeare. He's still alive, damnit, and so is Elvis!
 
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crzywriter

*smiles gently and reassuringly*

Of course they're still alive, Ilan.

*sneaks up behind Ilan with one of those crazy-people jackets*

~Crzy
 
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Ilan Bouchard

Bah! Those things are useless, I'm telling you. They have almost no insulation against the wind, for one thing, and for another they're just not stylish. Get me a sweater and a goose-down jacket instead.
 
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crzywriter

*hands Ilan sweater and goose-down jacket*

hey, I have one of those jackets. They are warm. hehe.

I feel like I should contribute to this thread instead of shamelessly ignoring the original post.

So, I have to agree with whomever said George RR Martin. Or perhaps Robin Hobb. Something like that.

~Crzy
 

Eiji Tunsinagi

Senior Member
Phillip K Dick, because he tells the story without any kind of fluff - all substance, barely any style - though style can be fun...
 
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