Absalom on the other hand is just irrefutable genius. One of the great explorations of race that this country has ever produced. On a par with Huck Finn, IMO. Has the greatest final exclamation of any novel I've ever read.
You have plenty of time to become world-weary and disaffected. Just find the great project that drives you forward each day (even blindly). Maybe it's a lover. Maybe it's a book. Maybe it's traveling. Talk to your inner demons a while.
As for books I'd recommend..
Ball Four, Summer of '49 (baseball books)
Cloudsplitter - Russell Banks (about abolitionist John Brown)
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.
1. The physics of baseball
2. When I was a teenager, I was given Montaigne's essays and Marcus Aurelius' meditations. They are very useful books for life, then and now.
"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it."
1. Field of Dreams - I love the movie but I think I might enjoy the book even more.
1) Long Days Journey Into Night
2) The Demon by Hubert Selby Jr. - has anyone read this book or read any Hubert Selby Jr.? - Trust me - READ THIS BOOK - It IS WILD - Also read "Last Exit to Brooklyn" - Selby's style is incredibly unique. Should be required American Literature reading, IMO. His most important work might, however, be "Requiem for a Dream" - MUCH better than the movie, which I did like, btw.
3) Walden by Henry David Thoreau - prolly the book that resonates with me the most in terms of describing my idea of heaven and what man should ideally ascribe to achieve with his life; very thought-provoking
4) Native Son - FCB I'd say that this book is just as good as anything Faulkner wrote in terms of highlighting the history of race and what it meant to be black in this country - awesome book
5) American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis; actually anything by Ellis is an interesting portrayal of the 80s (Less Than Zero; Rules of Attraction)
I guess I'm just differentiating cognition/understanding/explication and affect. Absalom and Invisible Man just strike something beyond my understanding of race relations and racial histories in this country.
Last edited by Falls City Beer; 05-17-2007 at 07:22 PM.
Here's a Amazon link to "The Demon." I heartily encourage anyone not adverse to some dark, but incredibly well-written and poignant literature to check it out.
I like the O'Neill selection too btw. I think Moon for the Misbegotten is one of the most underheralded of his works--it's masterful. (Hey, vaticanplum. Ever done any O'Neill?)
Oh please, FCB, you must. It's actually a REALLY quick read. (you could probably read the 3 that I mentioned in a couple days at most)
They're the sort of books where the pages really fly once you get cranking, not onerous reading at all.