Last semester I did Writing Across Worlds which focused on writers who had left their country of origin either by choice or by force. This displacement allows them a very unique double perspective on the world and one which is particularly interesting to read. I enjoyed the course because it not only gave a name to a genre that I particularly enjoy (magical realism) but it also had a particular resonance with the goings on in my family (they are preparing to relocate to France). This semester I am doing a course called Gender and Writing and although it's still early days, I can already appreciate the opinions and texts that it's exposing me to. One thing that I can say is that early attitudes to woman are frighteningly ignorant and I am grateful for every inch of freedom that we have today even if things are not quite perfect yet.
Anyway, I haven't given up on my list entirely and I will still try and get through as much as I can before the end of the year. I think I may have made a mistake when I chose to read Moby Dick third because I have battled to make progress with it. I think the combination of complicated readings for varsity and a complicated reading for pleasure was not a good one. Just to recap, here is what was on the list and what I managed to get through:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
- Moby Dick - Herman Mellville (Roughly halfway through)
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - Legs McNeil
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
- South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami
More Baths, Less Talking - Nick HornbyThe Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
- Less than Zero - Brett Easton Ellis
- N.W. - Zadie Smith
- Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Who knows, maybe I will still finish these before the end of the year but I decided that the pressure to finish them just to write about them was not something that I need right now. Now, on a lighter note, have any of you guys read anything new and awesome lately?