Tell Me What To Read!

So I’m trying to figure out what book to read next and once read I’ll post my thoughts about. However, I can’t decide so I’m wanting you to decide for me. Here’s the three I’m eyeing with basic plot descriptions. Just reply to this with a comment with the title of which you think I should read. I’ll give this about a week and whichever one has the most I’ll read and report back to ya about:

Brooklyn Follies/Paul Auster
The 60-year-old Nathan Glass returns to Brooklyn after his wife has left him. He is recovering from lung cancer and is looking for a quiet place to die. In Brooklyn he meets his nephew, Tom, whom he has not seen in several years. Tom has seemingly given up on life and has resigned himself to a string of meaningless jobs as he waits for his life to change. They develop a close friendship, entertaining each other in their misery, as they both try to avoid taking part in life.

When Lucy, a little girl who refuses to speak, comes into their lives there is suddenly a bridge between their past and their future that offers both Tom and Nathan some form of redemption.

Never Let You Go/Kazuo Ishiguro
The novel describes the childhood of Kathy H., a young woman of about 30, focusing at first on her youth at an unusual boarding school and eventually, her adult life. The story takes place in a dystopian late 20th century Britain, in which human beings are cloned to provide donor organs for transplants. Kathy and her classmates have been created to be donors, though temporarily, the adult Kathy is working as a “carer,” someone who supports and comforts donors as they are made to give up their organs and, eventually, submit to death.
The Road/Cormac McCarthy
The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a post-apocalyptic landscape, several years after a great cataclysm (which, although unspecified, has some of the earmarks of a nuclear holocaust) has destroyed civilization and most life on earth. What is left of humanity now consists largely of bands of cannibals and their prey, refugees who scavenge for canned food or other surviving foodstuffs. In imagery similar to prospective accounts of “nuclear winter,” ash covers the surface of the earth; in the atmosphere, it obscures the sun and moon, and the two travelers breathe through improvised masks to filter it out. Plants and animals are apparently all dead (dead wood for fuel is plentiful), and the rivers and oceans are seemingly empty of life.


~ by Seth on September 17, 2007.

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