View Full Version : Literary Novellas

Martin Smith
09-16-2007, 09:18 PM
I've decided to take a new approach to reading and dissect the books I read for their constituent parts and the like. I suppose the best way to do this would be to start with shorter works and work my way up, which is why I am asking for everyone to suggest some novellas to read. I've read The Metamorphosis and Notes from Underground, and I know about Of Mice and Men. I bought Seize the Day by Saul Bellow yesterday. So, if anyone has any suggestions for some novellas of literary quality, just tell me.

09-19-2007, 05:57 PM
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

09-19-2007, 07:18 PM
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

09-20-2007, 03:24 AM
Yes, Heart of Darkness is the king of novellas.


The Old Man and the Sea

The Pearl

Gatsby is very short, maybe not a novella.

Ditto for The Outsiders


Catcher in the Rye

The Secret Sharer

Check out some short plays, too:

Our Town

A Long Day's Journey Into Night

A Doll's House

Peter Pan

Shady Lane
09-20-2007, 05:20 AM
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09-21-2007, 03:01 AM
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe, Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, the Kreutzer Sonata by Lev Tolstoy, Sarassine by Honoré de Balzac, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Daisy Miller by Henry James, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Billy Bud by Herman Melville, and Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.

09-26-2007, 11:49 PM
This thread's a little old but I thought I'd get in on the action, although there's some great suggestions here.

Catcher in the Rye is a novella?

"Rise High the Roof Beam," JD Salinger

"A Clockwork Orange" Anthony Burgess

"Pedro Paramo" Juan Rulfo, actually this is a novelita :)

"Laughter in the Dark," Nabokov

09-27-2007, 12:40 AM
I love Notes from the underground and Of Mice and Men...two of my favs.

My absolute favourite novella of all time...one I've read about 15 times and will never tire of:

TOO LOUD A SOLITUDE by BOHUMIL HRABAL. Beautiful, beautiful book. It's only about 85 pages long...a one sitting book.

09-27-2007, 12:44 AM