NOº 5673

Desert Island Five: Novels


If I were stranded on a desert island, I’d need these five novels to keep me company:

  • The Known World, Edward P. Jones
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  • The Passion, Jeanette Winterson
  • The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

I must admit: I’m pleased with myself that my list of Desert Island Five novels includes Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, which itself starts with its protagonist, Rob Gifford, listing his Desert Island Five all-time heartbreaks. The genius of that book is its unflinching and unerring insight into the mentality of a certain kind of man. Actually: its genius is its unflinching insight into the prevailing male mentality that has been around since, oh, the Beginning of Time. Continue reading