10 books from the 70s that you can not stop reading – The Pleasure of Reading

1. PostmanCharles Bukowski (1971)

Perhaps the author’s most autobiographical novel, the first in which his alter ego, Henry Chinaski, appears. The novel covers a good part of his life, from 1952 to 1969, the year in which he definitively abandoned his job as a postman. Like all of Bukowski’s works, it exudes realism on every page. dirty realism.

two. the hell houseRichard Matheson (1971)

Similar to haunted house on the hill than Jackson, Matheson’s novel is far superior in form and content. His scenes are simply violent and exquisite, as well as containing powerful sexual imagery. King describes her as: “the scariest novel about a haunted house ever written«. A clever blend of supernatural horror and mystery.

3. Fear and Loathing in VegasHunter S.Thompson (1971)

I knew the book for its film version, and from that moment I fell in love. The novel recounts the over-the-top adventures of Thompson (under the pseudonym Raoul Duke) and his attorney Óscar Zeta Acosta (Dr. Gonzo) in surreal Las Vegas while covering a motocross race in the city. A benchmark of gonzo journalism, which its author would later refer to as: “a failed experiment in gonzo journalism.”

Four. carrieStephen King (1974)

The first King of Terror novel. carrie It started as a story, shortly after starting, King realized that he couldn’t stand the character of Carrie White, so he discarded the manuscript, Tabitha (his wife) found it, practically forced him to finish it. Result? A wonderful novel about a nasty girl with supernatural powers and what happens when someone has too much power in her hands. One of his best works.

5. Ripley’s Game, Patricia Highsmith (1974)

Second work of the trilogy Vibeabout notorious criminal Tom Ripley. In this new installment, Ripley, who is already a rich man, receives an offer to commit several crimes, he rejects them, but hatches a plan to carry out a personal revenge and commit those crimes along the way.

6. The Fog, James Herbert (1975)

One of the horror books that King mentions in his work Macabre dance. Herbert’s story is a claustrophobic and uncomfortable narrative about a fog that affects an entire town and provokes homicidal and suicidal instincts. It is curious that one of the acts of suicide is that of a pilot of a Boeing 747 who crashes the plane into the BT tower in London.

7. Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig (1976)

The masterpiece of the Argentine writer, tells the story of two prisoners who live in the same cell; one of them is a political prisoner, the other homosexual. Banned in Argentina for a long time, it was made into a movie and also turned into a musical.

8. Rage, Richard Bachman (1977)

A work highly criticized for its alleged involvement in several student shootings in the 70s, so much was the controversy that its author decided to withdraw it from the market. It tells the story of Charlie Decker, a violent boy who kidnaps his classmates and murders several teachers. The novel deals with psychological and cultural problems. Currently it is a novel almost impossible to find.

9. The Shining, Stephen King (1977)

The Shining needs no introduction, one of the best works of horror in modern literature. The book tells the story of the Torrance family, who are left in charge of maintaining the Overlook Hotel during the winter. Danny Torrance, the couple’s son, has “the shining” a kind of clairvoyance. The hotel has a conscience of its own and it is evil. Locked there, they will have to fight the ghosts of the Overlook. King wrote the second part of this novel, doctor sleepin 2013 and a few years before he wrote a kind of prequel, a short story called before the showwhere he tells the story of the hotel from its construction to the arrival of the Torrances.

10. The Neverending Story, Michael Ende (1979)

Although it is considered a classic of children’s literature, its author defends that his work goes beyond the story and that he intends to be a critic, as is his work Momo. Ende defends the intention of finding the reality that surrounds us by going the other way, through our own imagination. Be that as it may, The Neverending Story is a great work, full of unforgettable characters like the old tortoise Vetusta Morla or the Indian Atreyu.