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Now that another month is coming to the end I'd like to propose some future suggestions. I have three books I can recommend, each of which is a little unusual but I assure you a great read and they aren't too long (unlike American Gods which is as thick as they come). The books are:
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga - Set in India this is the story of Balram who recounts how he became an entrepreneur. This book is nothing about business and all about his time as a driver for a very rich Indian family. I loved the book as the character of Balram is totally fascinating, it told me fascinating things about Indian society and the story totally grips you.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - Tells the story of Santiago, a shepherd in Spain who goes on a journey looking to find his destiny. Meets interesting people along the way and the book is full of great advice about discovering who you are and your path in life
The Jetstream of Success by Julian Pencilliah - Unusual book; half memoir / half self-help book in which the author uses moments from his own life to illustrate how to look at life differently. Full of great advice on how to make the most of who you are.
I'll pass on the third, the first . . . maybe, but it's a long shot. Probably not.
By way of nonfiction, I'd nominate two history books: We All Got History and A Midwife's Tale. Both are similar, in that each looks to uncover a lot of history from the writings of one member of a marginalized community. In the case of We All Got History, the source text is a 50-year weather journal kept by a free black man in the American North from the mid 1850s to the early 1900s. The latter draws from the diary of a midwife in the immediately post-revolutionary US. I've read the former and was quite impressed both by the writing and by the scholarship, and the latter comes highly recommended on both counts as well.
A classic like David Copperfield has options for those who don't want to read 350,000 words:
- Classics Illustrated, 48 pages
- Barron's Graphic Classics, 48 pages
- Graphics Dickens, 64 pages
- SparkNotes, 64 pages
- Cliffs Notes, 80 pages
- Monarch Notes, 92 pages
Or just rent a video! 😀
ETA: Larger emoticon!
My current pet peeve about unfaithfulness of video to text is the BBC's "Father Brown". What a pity.
I would definitely go for a public domain classic. I would like to read more 19th c. fiction, plus I can read it on line. Henry James? Edith Wharton?
If we were to go the short story route, I'd recommend Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey House, which I just read, and was blown away by...far more than I expected based on his longer fictions I'd read! For autobiography, I'd recommend I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings--I feel like a lot of folks talk about reading that one, but never get around to it, as I didn't for years and years. Novel-wise, I'd probably recommend something by Amanda Eyre Ward or Gloria Naylor...lots to talk about, but not long or difficult reads.
>24 dave94703:, I agree that the film takes on Dick works can be more fascinating than the texts, at least for re-readers/re-viewers!
Maybe Jack Cady's Inagehi? https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jack-cady/inagehi/