Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring our favorite reads of the year. Today, we’re featuring Susan’s picks:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
(full text at Project Gutenberg)
For the obvious reasons: the writing-complex, the vocab. (what does THAT mean?!), the relationships, the plot development. Simply inspiring, SO Jane Austen!
It gave me a little background into the pre-hippy generation-my teen and early college years were during the Vietnam/Woodstock era. Kerouac’s writing was lyrical, playful, different. I enjoyed “seeing” the America of the years just before my birth. Fun to read about the personalities who surrounded and influenced Kerouac.
Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford
(excerpt at Random House)
I had always been interested in Edna St. Vincent Millay, so finally reading this was a real treat. The book was like a mini-history lesson, because not only did the reader learn about Millay and her extended family, but also about the times in which she lived and the famous people she knew and befriended. The book was as riveting as Millay herself.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
(excerpt at USA Today)
Just cannot beat the Classics for good writing. Good, long, satisfying read with lots of characters whose lives intertwined through the generations. Enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel in its descriptions of the settling of and development of the Salinas Valley in California.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
(essay at the Independent)
Just a good old-fashioned Classic read; another book that had interested me for a long time before I finally read it. If the reader is at all interested in England, English authors, or the English country life of the wealthy, this is the perfect book.
My Name is Light by Elsa Osorio
Complex plot of of near-present day political intrigue and oppression taking place in a South American country. Dreadfully suspenseful, there are two stories unfolding in alternate chapters, one present-day, the other events leading up to. Very captivating, but disturbing, too.