Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Books to be discussed

The beginning books to be discussed are:

  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

  • Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

  • The Golden Notebook by Doris May Lessing

Have you read one of these books? Tell us what you thought of it! Did you like or dislike it? Why or why not? Would you recommend the book you read to a friend?


Anonymous said...

In Doris Lessing's novel, The Golden Notebook, writer Anna Wulf suffers from writer's block. She claims that world events have overwhelmed her until she feels that her words are an insignificant weapon against the injustices and tyrannies of the present day. How do you feel that this sort of writer's block may have affected writers - and novelists in particular - after the terrorist attacks on 9/11?

liam w said...

There has certainly been no shortage of WORDS following 9/11. Writers of all sorts wrote essays and commentaries in all sorts of publications. The problem for novelists, though, is what kinds of fiction can be made after these events ... how the conventional ideas of what fiction DOES can apply in the post-9/11 world. Obviously it takes a lot longer to create a work of fiction than it does to write an essay, and works that relate directly or indirectly to these events have been coming out over the last couple of years. Don deLillo's "Falling man", Claire Messud's "Emperor's children" are 2 that made prety direct (and effective) use; Philip Roth's "Exit ghost" had a less direct but also effective take. Whether any of these are significant weapons is another matter, but they can help us sort things out a bit ...