Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
A mutated gene weaves it’s way though eight generations of a Greek family to find its way into Cal: a hermaphrodite struggling to find his identity while growing up in Detroit.
The beautiful language and fascinating narrator caused me to flip back to the front page and start reading again after I finished this book for the first time--and then I immediately read it a third time.
Tender Branson, the only passenger on a plane that is about to crash into the Australian outback, recounts the story of his life as a member of the repressive Creedish Death Cult and murder suspect.
One of the reasons I love this book--and most of Palahniuk’s early novels--is that it resists being contained in a blurb.
All of Clarissa Dalloway’s attention is on preparing for her party that evening, until her husband is invited by another woman to a brunch and a past lover suddenly arrives, ripping her out of her careful life and into the memories that transpired to get her there.
Language. Sentences that you read twice because you want to linger in their beauty.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is forced to fight to the death in an annual televised spectacle.
Plot, placing and Peeta.
Sayuri shares a hidden world as she transforms from a young impoverished girl into a celebrated geisha of Japan.
Honorable Mentions--because it they have no place on this list.
It made me think--and it made me feel--and it made me struggle with language in a way I never had before.