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    Not a Reveiw, but a Request

    I have to do a refectionaire on a book that highlights culture, cross-culturalism, multi-culturalism, etc... for a grad class I am in... the professor threw out around 6 suggestions, every one of which I have read (Poisonwood Bible, 1000 Splendid Suns, Kite Runner, Angela's Ashes, etc.)... I want to read something new AND really good, because I have no time for reading... any suggestions in the vein of what I have listed above? (I am in the fiction/popular literature group, btw)
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    I found Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold to be a rich, cultural examination of some important social themes. Then again, this may be an over-examined work.

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    It hasn't been over examined by me, as I have never read it. I have read Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude and, despite a preference for the latter, enjoyed them both immensely... thanks! Any more?
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    Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey? This deals with environmentalism (a hot culture topic) in a militant but poetic way. I thought he was very witty but ideologically repressed.

    I'm not really versed in multi-culturalism. I've read loads of feminist works (for some reason our teachers at ISU favor them).
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    I was told that the Marquez book would be unsuitable because of length and the elements my professor called "fantastical", but which i know to be magical realism... I wish i could stumble on something before this weekend...
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    Quote Originally Posted by poornate View Post
    I was told that the Marquez book would be unsuitable because of length and the elements my professor called "fantastical", but which i know to be magical realism... I wish i could stumble on something before this weekend...
    Chronicle of a Death Foretold doesn't have fantastical elements...

    I don't know what your professor is smoking; the book reads like a crime investigation, no mystical things at all.

    Maybe "My Antonia" by Cather? It deals with immigrants arriving in Nebraska at about the turn of the twentieth century.

    That's cross cultural, right?
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