Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 3

A few Thousanders share their "Must-Reads" for everyone's Thousander List:

Emmaleigh Burtoft - The Road by Cormac McCarthy

"With the surplus of apocalyptic-themed movies at the box office this summer, Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel, The Road, may not look any different at first glance: a nameless man and his young son are two of humanity’s few survivors from a mysterious catastrophic event that has left Earth so desolate that they are scrounging for remnants of canned food and hiding from gangs of cannibals. Yet the horrific situation only serves as a quiet backdrop to the true centerpiece of the novel: the bond between the man and his son. McCarthy’s exploration of that relationship makes The Road one of the most remarkable and heartrending books I have ever read.

The Road reads like a long conversation—and in fact, McCarthy says that many of the conversations detailed happened in real life with his son, John. The language is so sparse that it becomes poetry, and the boy’s simple questions and silent internalizations of the world around him encourage deep and reflective soul searching. The man struggles with the weighty burden of protecting his son at all costs, while at the same honoring the boy’s many compassionate impulses toward the people they meet. Somehow, through it all, the boy retains his humanity. And that humanity becomes a glimmer of hope, for the future of this wasted world, and for readers: to know that there is inherent goodness in each of us, so long as we do not allow it to become buried."

Robert Sullivan - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

"The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic tale of getting even and tragedy. Edmond is betrayed by those closest to him and after several years of solitude and confinement he devises a web of intricate revenge. Using new found riches, Edmond makes himself a count. Prestige and money buy him favors for sweet revenge. The story is complicated, involved, exciting and detailed. If you've only seen the movie, you have no idea what the story is really about. The twists and turns keep you reading even with Dumas' old style writing. A must read for every thousander."

Other topics of interest:
Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 1
Thousander Must-Reads Vol. 2
Books to Movies: The Count of Monte Cristo

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