In the wake of the US election result from yesterday, many stories have come to mind. Here are a few books some recent, some from many, many years ago that I’d like to share.
A friend recently pressed a copy of Ben Elton’s Two Brothers into my hands and insisted I read it. I’m a fan of Ben Elton (Stark particularly) but World War II Germany isn’t a place I generally like to visit. I’m glad I did. It’s an excellent story well told.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of a woman living in an America which has become a totalitarian theocratic state. Thought provoking ideas are delivered within the rich narrative. It’s incredibly compelling – I read it in one sitting.
I noticed whilst in Galaxy Bookshop that one of my childhood favourites has a new look. I remember being swept away by the wonderful characters that inhabit Richard Adam’s Watership Down. It’s a unique, heart warming, frightening and exhilarating adventure story. The movie with the Art Garfunkel’s haunting song Bright Eyes as its theme is also superb.
PS. If you haven’t read George Orwell’s 1984, now is the time.