Thinking about the bookgroup I belong to and the fact that I'm kinda looking for something that isn't post-modern and isn't "all that" in the most recent circles of the literati. Indeed, I'm rather tired of the choices of the literati and thought that a return to 19th or early twentieth century British fiction might do the trick. I'm looking at the following titles. If anyone has additional suggestions, I'd love to hear about them:
The Painted Veil--W. Somerset Maugham
The Razor's Edge--W. Somerset Maugham
The Secret Agent--Joseph Conrad
(Nostromo)--Joseph Conrad--sort of in the back of my head--perhaps a little too much right now
Parade's End--Ford Madox Ford
The Old Wives Tale--Arnold Bennett
Something by D.H. Lawrence? Women in Love? The Rainbow? In college, Sons and Lovers was quite enough of a Lawrence experience--but perhaps the time has come to revisit?
Having read one Joyce and one Woolf with mixed reviews in the group, I'm shying away from consideration of further works. But perhaps another Waugh (I've read nearly all, but the group has read, I think, Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, and The Loved One. Or Graham Green--I think I'd aim at Brighton Rock--The group has managed at least The Power and the Glory and The Quiet American.
So--others I should consider. I've read a bit of each of the first seven books--enough to be intrigued by each of them, but not enough to decide what might be worthwhile for everyone so I could make a cogent suggestion.
Input and discussion are, as always, more than welcome.