Return to Literature

I used to read a lot of science fiction, but after one particularly bad book, I’ve hardly read any science fiction at all. For the past few years, I’ve almost exclusively read non-fiction. There are some exceptions: The Brothers Karamazov (which I read on my own), various books I read for my Introductiont to Fiction and Poetry classes, and a few Harry Turtledove alternate history books. Hence, why I said almost.

But right at this moment, I feel like the lack of literature in my life is a particularly bad thing. Non-fiction contains facts, but if you really want to learn something about human nature, it’s best to read a novel. (Of course, non-fiction in narrative form can also teach a lot.)

In addition, I’m reading too many blogs and not enough novels. I’ve taken a bit of time to examine how I spend my time and feel that much of the time I spend on the computer would be better spent on literature.

I’m about to read Dostoevsky’s The Underground. That’s just one book, though. I want to ask anybody out there for suggestions, but I don’t want just any suggestions. In fact, I don’t even want your absolute favorite novel.

If anyone wants to make a suggestion, you have to suggest a novel that deeply, profoundly affected you and changed the way you think.

0 thoughts on “Return to Literature

  1. Tania

    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. Warning: The beginning drags somewhat. It picks up steam, though.

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Added bonus: It’s funny.

    If you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, you could try Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a great pair for comparing and contrasting. Together, they got me thinking about social structure and government.

    Rudolfo Anaya’s essays in The Anaya Reader affected my views on education.

    Those are the first ones that come to mind.