Saturday, May 3, 2014
Favorite books from the year
I can't really decide on a particular favorite book from the last year, since they are all so different. However, I think the ones I enjoyed most were Things Fall Apart, Candide, A Hundred Years of Solitude and Notes from Underground. I liked Things Fall Apart for its directness; it doesn't try to be ambiguous or clever, and it presents a well-told story that conveys an account of Achebe's culture and a parable of imperialism. Candide is a hilarious and pointed satire that makes some universal points. A Hundred Years of Solitude is a magical, engrossing, and profound story. I guess I can't really say I enjoyed reading Notes from Underground but it was definitely disturbing and thought-provoking, with a protagonist who is completely vile for no good reason and yet weirdly understandable.