I'm right now about a third of the way through two novels:

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson


The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis

On the surface, they probably seem like very different books, but so far they don't seem all that dissimilar to me--because both have so much to do with loneliness and alienation. That is, up until the point where I've read in each.


Avery said...

Have you read Brief History of the Dead? It's one of those novels you begin and go, "Damn, I wish Ida thoughta that."

And then you spend the rest of the book saying it and then you read the last page and wanna say something like, "I woulda" done this or that with the ending.

But then you can't and so you put the damn book down and just sit there for a little bit, looking out the window and you think, "totally no fair."

Which you know is a lie.

Chad Simpson said...

Hey, Steph.

Funny you should mention Brockmeier. I remember reading in an interview how much he liked Tevis' "The Man Who Fell to Earth," which is one of the reasons I wanted to read it.

I haven't yet read "The Brief History of the Dead," though I can see a copy of it on my bookshelf from where I'm sitting right now.

I'll get to it eventually.