May 01, 2004
On Books: April
At the end of every month, I report on what I've read - what's good and what's not. April was a good month for books. My pick of the month? Nicole Krauss' Man Walks Into A Room.
It will surprise no one that I read a lot. One of the downsides of doing so is that it can become a mechanical process. Finish one book, start another. The more I read, I find, the better a book has to be to blow me away. Man Walks Into A Room did just that.
Krauss delivers the first line of a joke with the title but the punchline plays out over 200+ captivating pages. The premise is simple - Samson Greene, New York resident and college professor, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. And all his memories formed after age 12 are gone. The story is excellent, the writing is wonderful and the eventual outcome of the story completely and totally disarmed me.
Honorable mentions go to Scotland's Christopher Wallace for The Resurrection Club - an odd, quirky mystery who's puzzle pieces are presented through first person narrative, internal corporate memos, interview transcripts and historical narrative. Only at the end do we see how they all fit together. In addition John Colapinto's About The Author was a fantastic, well thought out read not to be missed.Posted by Chris at May 1, 2004 02:14 PM