I wanted to share this book in the book club. I read it for the first time when I was at university. I chose this module as part of my first degree at LSE called 'The Politics of English Literature'. It was a breath of fresh air, and a break from Plato, Hobbes, and more. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf was a set text, and I must have read it and re-read it half a dozen times. Something about the stream of consciousness really connected with me. I hadn't read anything quite like it before. Within the hum drum of the protagonist's walk around in the morning prepping for a party, were huge themes about what was she doing with her life, why was she making the choices she was making. It also was hugely evocative of the time in which it was set and the mood of between the wars.
Clarissa Dalloway, is getting ready for a party as she remembers people who have departed her life. Septimus Warren Smith has PTSD and their lives converge as the party takes place. This book is about internal dialogues, meaningful relationships and conjures up a truthful moment from between war times. Highly recommend.
This is a book about two characters: George and Lennie. They are dirt poor and dream they will have their own land one day. Eventually, they find work in Salinas Valley in California, but Lennie unintentionally turns their struggling and survival into something which spins out of control. The novel speaks to the poor, to those on the outside, to the lonely. It is a hugely popular classic and has been turned into a stage play and film more than once or twice.
What I loved about this book was how it got straight to the heart of the story. That it was about struggle and hardship, but the humanity in both main characters shone above everything else. And how it highlighted in such a poignant way how life really isn't fair. But friendship is all. Highly recommend.