Irina
A modern author to read in english?

Could you please recommend a modern author to read in english?

Mar 27, 2017 3:58 PM
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Anything by Alexander McCall Smith
March 28, 2017

HI,

If you like non-fiction, I recommend "Breaking NIght" by Liz Murray.

First, I watched the YOUTube video "Homeless to Harvard". This book is her autobiography.

By this book I firstly knew about poor white. She was born between drug addicted parents.

She spent the nights at her friends' homes  hiding from their parents attention. In those situation

she studied hard, staying positive and got the scholarship of New York Times for Harvard. So impressive.

March 28, 2017
I'd suggest Jasper Fforde. I've read 'The Eyre Affair' myself. Then, there are loads of them. It depends on the genre you like the most.
March 27, 2017
@<a href="https://www.italki.com/user/1271883">Dan Smith</a> to be honest, I've only ever read the Scotland Street novels and the Isabel Dalhousie ones so maybe I should revise my suggestion of "anything"! He has some quite good short story collections and one-off novels as well. The hardest aspects might be cultural - the bourgeoisie of the Edinburgh new town and other references to modern Scottish culture.
April 4, 2017

It's hard to judge difficulty for an English learner. I've been reading a Kurt Vonnegut novel (Galápagos, not one of his best) and thinking that he writes in fairly straightforward English. You might try Slaughterhouse-Five and see whether his dark humor appeals to you.

Like Cara, I, too, like Alexander McCall Smith but am not sure about difficulty. Nor am I sure a foreign speaker would pick up on the "tone of voice" and the turns of phrase used e.g. by Mma Romotswe and the other character in the First Ladies' Detective Agency series so I might go to far as to suggest 44 Scotland Street and its (many) successors.

March 29, 2017
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