Thursday, 31 August 2017

August Books

Time for a little end of the month book round up.

I've been pretty busy working this month, and on the days I haven't been working I've mostly had plans for days out/trips to visit friends, so I haven't read many books in the past month. However, the few I have read have been big hits with me, so I thought I'd tell you a little bit about them.

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Honestly, I can't believe it took me so long to get round to reading this one. I loved it. As a lover of books, obviously the concept is a little upsetting, as the burning of all books and effective destruction of literature is NOT cool. But I thought the text was exceptionally well written, as well as very accessible when it comes to style - it was a nice, easy read. I loved the character of Clarisse, and I could only wish that we had heard more from her and about her, as she seemed an intriguing person. I'm sure most people would hate the somewhat ambiguous ending, but I am all for it. I love that you can choose to imagine how things went on from the ending point of the text, you can consider the possibilities and choose the actuality you think most likely. All in all, a must read.

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

The Road is quite the modern classic, and to an extent, quite a difficult one to explain. The most important point to get across: it's an amazing book. It's effectively a dystopian text, as Fahrenheit 451 would be considered, but unlike Bradbury's text, it's never made entirely clear why it should be thought of as dystopian. There's a sense of apocalypse throughout the text, and one that's essentially man-made. In the short, it's about a man and his son, who are walking The Road to find the ocean. It's seemingly desolate, with the odd person here and there, and no one can be trusted. There's an air of cannibalism and this due to the apocalyptic environment, with a 'good guys' vs 'bad guys' simplicity for the boy. But it seems that behind the simple language and basic explanations, something much bigger and more serious is going on. A really interesting, thought-provoking read.

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie

The last book for this month, that I've literally only just finished, is a Nigerian novel, and an incredible one at that. The novel follows three central character during the Biafran War, showing their different, yet intertwining, experiences. I thought it was a really interesting, thought-provoking read, with a lot of political and colonial background covered. The novel jumps around in time a little, which can be confusing if you don't quite keep up with it, but overall I thought this told the story more effectively. One of the main things I liked was seeing the different women the novel portrays, showing women from varied backgrounds and yet giving great light to the theme of empowerment, which I found really endearing. An amazing novel, and one I would highly recommend reading.

What have you been reading this month? Any recommendations?

Until next time.

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