At the moment I am reading Anne Enright’s novel “The Gathering”. It won the Man Booker Award and is apparently a really depressing book, — according to the NY Times, Anne Enright described her book as being “an epic about a suicide, alcoholism, sexual troubles, repression and other family dysfunctions — that readers should not expect to be cheered up by it.” I am reading this one because I recently read the Life of Pi, also a Man Booker award winner, and was wondering to myself if I might like another book which has won this award. From reading the criteria for the award and the back of the book they don’t seem to share much in common with one another though.
I just picked up copies of the following books from the library:
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
This book is said to explain how the mind works through examining how we use words. Pinker was chosen in 2004 to be one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine – not sure their criteria for that and I think it would be quite interesting to take a look at what qualifies a person to make that list or if there is any real set of criteria which the Times follows for that. Pinker is a Prof. of Psychology at Harvard University. I am looking forward to this book as it strikes me that this will be a really interesting and thought provoking read.
The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are by Andrew Cohen
My understanding is that this book examines what it means to be a Canadian by looking at our past, our politics and our institutions. I am interested to read bits and pieces of this book, but not sure if I’ll be reading it from cover to cover.
Have any of you read these books? What are you reading right now or about to bite in to? This could be a pretty interesting discussion — there are so many great books that I want to read and my list is continually growing!