Though there’s a good handful that I haven’t read, there were plenty that I did read, and of those, some seemed very questionable choices to me. I’m constantly surprised, for example, by the number of people who loathe Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which I found to be one of the most moving, well-written works I’ve ever read in my life. Then again, I was the only person in my senior lit class who enjoyed Heart of Darkness…
Too funny, and if you've read the Brontes? So terribly true! (And if you think it's as funny as I did, you should probably read something published post 19th century, and pretty soon.)
The estate of author James Joyce is notoriously litigious, so much so that one would
Nation is best described as a novel that can change the way you view the world. Or at least encouragingly nudge you out of your comfort zone. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett, it is one of the few instances when he has indulged in a fictional world outside of Discworld. For those who are wondering, Discworld is the imaginary world created by Pratchett for his immensely popular fantasy spoof series. In this case, the world is a kind of parallel take on our own world and is set in the 19th Century. This book is actually meant for children but, in all honesty, I can imagine a number of adults falling in love with this book.
With the recent surge of Cormac McCarthy novels being turned into films—the Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men and the much-anticipated The Road coming to theaters soon—the reclusive writer is now being featured more prominently than ever. This has made finding some of his older works easier than it may have been in the past—or, at the very least, it has increased awareness of these books. Having loved (and been terrified) by both The Road and No Country for Old Men, I decided to check out an older book of McCarthy’s. I was not disappointed.