05 August 2011

Fiction Roundup

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

A classic, a very short read, and a lot of fun. Recommended.

The Road

The closest thing I have read in some time to poetry. In Cormac McCarthy's barren post-apocalyptic world, a father and his son are pushing their cart down the road in search of the coast, always on the brink of starvation. The setting is striking but it takes a backseat to the lyrical and poignant dialogues between father and son. These are all the more remarkable for how few words are uttered. Beautiful and haunting; recommended.

Kafka on the Shore

by Murakami. A fun read. Compared to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, it seemed to have more of a coherent structure and plot, but less of the wordplay (if you could call it that) that made Wind-Up Bird so hilarious.

Catching Fire / Mockingjay

The two sequels to The Hunger Games. These should be considered as a unit since Catching Fire has a cliffhanger ending. Katniss has unwittingly become a symbol of rebellion against the Capitol, but any overt action on her part would put her and her family in danger. Catching Fire was an enjoyable read, but most of Mockingjay felt uninspired, and the ending was rather unsatisfying.

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