GraffitiSoup Book Club
Before I fell head over heels into Digital my first love was always a paperback. Many an hour I have whiled away, consuming words at a rate of knots, greedily turning pages to find out what truly lies beneath.
So, for this week’s GraffitiSoup I have put together a review of some of my favourite books and my reasons as to why you should read them.
The real joy in this book is the use of descriptive language that brings the fantastical world of magic and darkness into a believable place. Great storytelling is about transporting you to a place where you can visualise every last detail and this book offers that and more.
A Million Little Pieces is a book by James Frey – @JamesFrey
This book was marketed as semi-autobiographical originally and this brought a certain amount of criticism when it was found to be untrue but I encourage you to forget all that and enjoy the book for what it is. The story of an alcoholic and drug addict attending rehabilitation in a specialist unit offers many heartwarming and alarming moments in equal measure. The last sentence would normally be enough for me to discontinue reading the blurb of any book but I beg you to persevere with it. Again, a common theme for me, the use of language to describe feelings is nothing short of spectacular. Read the first chapter alone and you will be hooked (pun intended).
The Wasp Factory is the first novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks, published in 1984 – http://www.iain-banks.net/
With one of the strangest twists I have ever come across written or otherwise, this book explores a boy’s coming of age in a detached Scotland where his overbearing and aloof father discourages any integration with the mainland. Our hero spends his days exploring his island home and embarking on strange and disruptive activities, driven by an inner voice caused by the hurt and dismay caused by his mother’s absence. This one has a sting in the tail.
A book that looks at a dystopian future where mankind is on the cusp of extinction due to an overpowering plague. One young girl may offer the solution to the world’s problems. Recently turned into a film, please read the book.
Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts – http://www.shantaram.com/
An Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes prison and flees to India where he embraces the culture to a level that not even he expects. He wears a plethora of hats during his time living in the slums of Bombay which include Doctor, film extra, gangster, smuggler and once again prisoner. This book is more than a story about a man, it gives a direct insight into the horror, joy, pain, love, hardship, friendship, beauty and ugliness of those at the poorest end of society and paints a wonderful picture and an absorbing tale. A modern classic for me.
I hope that you manage to read more than one – if you haven’t managed to read anything this week then you really should read this 5 Of – Barrafina Review – Have a great week