Recent Books — Goldfinch, Patrick Melrose, Divergent, Acceptance, etc

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A wild trip thru a life marked by disasters, some external, some self-created, with a lot of introspection about life along the way. Dense but I couldn’t put it down.
The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn. Very well written set of books about a life among the English upper class. Very engaging, tho the characters are all hateful, misanthropic, abusive people. I’ve stuck with it quite a while but ultimately the misanthropy is wearing me down. Glad these are not the circles I run in.

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. Really poorly written but great insight into life of an oppressed minority in America today. Very topical and inspirational.

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Saw the first movie on a flight and thought it was fun. The first book is clearly the strongest, too much dithering about in the middle, but ends strong.

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer. Brings the Southern Reach trilogy to a close. Finally, halfway thru this book, I finally tripped to what the major themes of the trilogy were. The third book gets a little too mystical at times but still a very engrossing (tho at times challenging) read.

Letters of Note by Shaun Usher. Culled from the website, interesting insight into some historical figures.

One thought to “Recent Books — Goldfinch, Patrick Melrose, Divergent, Acceptance, etc”

  1. I read the entire Southern Reach trilogy in 4 days in September and I have been recommending it to anyone who will listen ever since. I would be interested to hear your take on what the major themes of the trilogy were.

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