A new weekly meme hosted by The Blue Bookcase.
This week, it asks:
Please highlight one of your favorite books and why you would consider it "literary."
Wow, what a great idea! I try to read literary fiction more than anything else because I feel that it has merit in the global reading community and gets me thinking about its value to my ongoing independent education as well as that of the world.
I understand the meaning of literary fiction as a concept, however it is certainly subjective in terms of what books "count." Many of my favourite books are popular, which doesn't discount them as literary fiction, however they may not be considered art but merely entertainment. There is certainly nothing wrong with that (you can see by my reviews & TBR lists that I have an eclectic taste)!
An example of literary fiction that is one of my favourite books is The World According to Garp by John Irving. It is a modern classic, nearly 40 years old, and is written in such a fascinating style. There is so much happening over a single character's life that you become absorbed in him as well as everyone he encounters. Irving writes intelligently, uniquely, and personally, making his mark on the literary world distinctly his own. I think a true sign of literary fiction is an author who cannot be mistaken for anyone else--you can read his/her work without a cover and know exactly who wrote it.