Not Alone

    Books make me feel like the human race is really all in this together. The fact that I can identify with books written ages ago or half way across the world proves to me that we are all connected.
    This year I read two books that immediately went to the top of my favorite list. The first was Moby ****. I had never felt more understood in my entire life than when I was reading that book. Herman Melville and I are like brain twins, except I don't write half as well as he did, and I'm not in love with Nathanial Hawthorne (it took me six months to read House of Seven Gables). The second was Grendel by John Gardener. I read the entire thing in two hours in the bath. Brilliant. It's every philosophical debate I've ever seen smushed into this story about Beowulf's first beastly enemy. I was supposed to write a paper about it, but when it came down to it I really wanted my thesis to be "The meaning of life is..." but I couldn't come up with the meaning and ended up venting for four pages about organized religion and celtic weaponry. Still a damn fine book. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is still at the top of my list, but these two books are right up there next to it. What a great literary year I had.
wanderkid wanderkid
18-21, F
2 Responses Jun 17, 2007

Naw. books are nice to read... UNLESS you get 12 of them to read over the summer vacation (whereof 7 of them are history books... argh) [3 English books and 1 Swedish book... lolz]. Otherwise I enjoy reading adventure/sci-fi books :)

Cat's Cradle is an amazing book. Vonnegut writes in a unique and powerful way.