Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Good Book

If you find yourself with a little time on your hands and need a recommendation for some good fiction to read, I have a few suggestions.   None are written for just a Catholic audience, but all have deep spiritual meaning:

**The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  I have never read another novel as good as this one.  Top of my list.

**The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.  Set in Mexico during the government persecution of the Catholic Church.  A priest who finds meaning in losing himself in fear.

**Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.  Nobody paints a picture in your mind's eye like Cather.

**Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  Written decades ago, it describes a frightening future, that in many ways we are living out as foretold by Huxley.

**Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Classic novel which helped turn hearts against slavery.

**1984 by George Orwell.  Another great futuristic tale.

**Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  Yet another.

**Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.  A great story of how faith can sustain us.

**The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.  Classic French literature.

**The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.  A desperate story of needing to find meaning

1 comment:

Raulito said...

You are right about the Huxley novel. I just finished that one about mid-November this past year. I was shocked to find that many of the ideas he put forward in his narrative have become modern-day realities in one sense or another. Mr. Huxley was a professed atheist, wasn't he? After reading his book I wondered if he simply carried out the logic of his philosophical outlook within the pages of his book. I wondered if he had then concluded that his belief system was problematic. Your thoughts?