Friday, December 2, 2011
Literary Blog Hop: Recommended Reading for Non-Literature Lovers
For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! Stay, have a virtual cup of tea or coffee, and please leave a comment if you're so inclined. Around these parts, we usually talk about classics.
The Literary Blog Hop is a monthly blog hop open to blogs that primarily feature book reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion. This week's question is:
What work of literature would you recommend to someone who doesn't like literature?
Every time a friend asks me to lend them a book, I always want to take them by the shoulders and say, “Yes! Once you get hooked on a book, you’ll just want more.” Then, I begin staring at my bookshelves, wondering what I’m going to recommend. For some reason, I end up thinking that this person’s reading life might depend on me. I might suggest a book he or she will hate, and, therefore, turn him or her off books for life. Yes, I know. I’m weird that way.
Recommending a book to someone interested in literature is already difficult enough, but recommending a book to someone who—oh, god, I can barely type this—DOESN’T LIKE LITERATURE? Difficult doesn’t even begin to cover it.
when Sasha reviewed it on her blog. The book’s basic premise is that people can sometimes be like twin prime numbers. Twin primes are “pairs of prime numbers that are close to each other, almost neighbors, but between them there is always an even number that prevents them from truly touching.” In real life, that even number can be our issues or hang ups, stopping us from truly connecting with each other.
The Solitude of Prime Number is beautiful and sad, easy and difficult to read at the same time—easy because it’s told in pure, simple language and difficult because it’s surely going to break your heart. It’s the type of book you’re going to think about long after you’ve read it. Every time I see someone reading a Twilight book, I just want to grab it out of their hands and shove this book in their faces, saying, “You want a heartbreaking novel? A love story for the ages that’s more than just a love story? Read this!!!!”
In a nutshell, books like The Solitude of Prime Numbers give me hope—that good books will still be created long after I’m gone, that people will always keep reading because books as amazing as The Solitude of Prime Numbers will always be around.
What about you? What book will you suggest to non-literature lovers?