Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler: “When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.”
I’ve already started reading this one and I have to say it is always interesting to read something that is inherently religious. However, this book comes highly recommended by many people so I’m pushing through it. I’m very excited to give it a shot, actually. I have been meaning to get to Octavia Butler for ages and I have heard many, many great things, so I definitely won’t stop with Parable of the Sower.
The Circle by Dave Eggers: “When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”
I’m excited to get started on this one because while I have heard about Dave Eggers, I have not yet had a chance to read him yet. I haven’t done much research into the book so other than the summary I’m going in blind. I hope its as good as I’ve been led to expect. I do know however that it seems to be very focused on technology, and that’s not usually the kind of fiction book I like to read, but we will see!
Villette by Charlotte Bronte: “Arguably Brontë’s most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette,flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy’s struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë’s strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.”
I picked up this book because I was actually looking for her sister’s book, Agnes Grey. I lost my copy of Agnes Grey mysteriously at my mother’s house and it has yet to resurface and in my opinion, it was just starting to get good when I lost it! Unfortunately, the library doesn’t have a copy, but I’ve been meaning to get to Villette, and now seems like a good time since I’ve gotten over my intense dislike for Jane Eyre. I hope this will be much better though.
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier: “Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall’s shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.”
I’ve been meaning to make my way to some more of Daphne du Maurier’s book since I read and liked Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel and Mary Anne. Next on the list would be Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand, or Hungry Hill.
Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates: “Haunting and moving, this short but powerful novel explores sexual violence and its aftermath. On her way home from a party, Teena Maguire is beaten, gang raped, and left for dead in the park, all of which is witnessed by her 12-year-old daughter Bethie. Now Teena can only regret that she survived, and Bethie is left to take care of her mother in her fragile state as the investigation and trial unfold. Alternating viewpoints are employed to narrate this horrific story, and redemption is finally offered thanks to a young police officer who knows the meaning of justice and love.”
This is one of the books that has been on my to read list for years, and I can’t say that I’m excited to read it, but it seems like an important piece of work.
All very, very different books! I’m hoping to enjoy them all.