I don't set aside enough time to read for entertainment. My limited reading time is reserved for STL blogs, music reviews and Newsweek.
In fact, I read novels so rarely these days that I feel I am not qualified to speak objectively about them. I am so happy to be reading a novel and so happy to have finished one that I feel I will unfairly gloat about it simply because I read it and experienced it.
The same can be said for live music. I go out to see bands so rarely now, that when I finally do go, I am overwhelmed by the power and beauty of live musicianship, that I am prone to being awash in praise for bands or shows that just aren't that great to someone who sees tons of shows/bands.
I am trying to make changes in my life to see more live music and read more non-fiction. I saw Built to Spill in March at the Pageant, the Breeders in May at Pops, and Tom Waits at the Fox in June. I also read
I feel compelled to summarize my thoughts on this book, because it's themes and styles have stuck in my head for months after actually finishing the book. Briefly, the book follows a father and young son in a post-apocalypse setting. Here is the beauty of this one:
McCarthey writes of the love between a father and son within the context of the story. He does not use a heavy hand. The relationship is subtle and true.
The writer perfectly captured the
love a father and son can share. Having both sons and daughter, I know the relationships are different when it comes to gender. It's different between sons and daughters, and McCarthey must be a father.
Here are the topics that I've been going over in my mind since reading the book:
- how far would you go to survive
- what is your definition of hope
- good vs. evil
- what are your survival instincts
- how far would you go to protect your child's innocence and naivety?
If these are topics you enjoy, or ponder, you will love this book.
Other books I've recently enjoyed:
(set in the Ozarks)