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Recommended reading

The Collector by John Fowles. 

The Collector is the tale of Frederick, a withdrawn and uneducated young man who collects butterfies and takes photos.  He has an uninteresting and uninspiring life.  One day, he wins a large sum of money and buys a nice old house, cut off from the world.  He remodels the basement as a perfect cage for his newest collection; Miranda, a local art student with whom he is infatuated.  The book tells the story of her captivity, first from his point of view, then from her's.  Written in 1963 by the same writer who later wrote The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Collector is gripping and does a convincing job of telling this sordid tale from both perspectives.

 

No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. 

A man is out hunting in Texas and comes across a scene of carnage.  He finds a couple of pickup trucks shot all to hell, a bunch of corpses, a stash of drugs and a satchel of cash, over $2 million.  Leaving the drugs, he takes the money.  And his life goes to hell as he finds himself on the run from a man maniacally intent on getting the money back.  Written in that same sparse yet beautiful style that McCarthy writes in.  Highly recommended.  The Coen Brothers have made a film of this book, which will be released in the Autumn of 2007.

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. 

A post apocalyptic novel set in the SouthWestern United States, following the travels of a man and his son as they try to survive in a desolate landscape.  The story itself is engaging and the use of language is a pleasure to read.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2007.

 

Ordinary Victories by Manu Larcenet.

A comic telling the story of a burnt out photographer, his tempermental cat and the woman who loves him.  It's a very personal story and is engaging, with the shades of gray associated with real life.  Winner of the top award in Angouleme, France’s largest comics event.

 

 

 

 

 

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