Book Selections 05: Journey
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
“I feel my body, my bones and flesh beginning to part and open upon the alone, and the process of coming unalone is terrible.”
The odyssey of one family, the Bundrens, as they carry their mother’s casket across the Mississippi countryside to put her to rest.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
“People with places to go and people with no place to go; people with a purpose and people with no purpose; people trying to hold time back and people trying to urge it forward.”
What happens at night, when we are deep into our slumber? Murakami’s novel explores the adventures of Mari Asai within a hidden world inside Tokyo, in between midnight and dawn.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“I will do what I promised, he whispered. No matter
what. I will not send you into the darkness alone.”
A father and son try to survive in a post-apocalyptic
America. The sky is dark. The ground is dry and cracked.
There is nothing to see for miles except for the burnt grey
of the ravaged landscape. There is nothing.
Expressway by Sina Queyras
No matter, the slither of pavement is endless,
Today the rain, a gold standard, all the
Earmarks of, nevermind, all is well, all
Is well, and who doesn’t want to hear that?
Queyras’ collection explores and exposes the paradox of
journeying within modern mobility: the more roads and
connections we build, the more separate we feel.
Here by Wisława Szymborska
I can’t speak for elsewhere,
but here on Earth we’ve got a fair supply of everything.
Here we manufacture chairs and sorrows,
scissors, tenderness, transistors, violins,
teacups, dams, and quips.
And so goes Szymborska’s title poem in this collection. She
writes with childlike wonder, and ponders on her teenage self,
microscopic creatures, memory, metaphysics, and the upside of
living on Earth.