One of the parts of life that I miss intensely during the lockdowns due to the pandemic is the ability to browse in bookstores. Books are a main part of my life; I read constantly, teach English Literature courses at college, and I write novels. One of my great pleasures in life is spending times exploring books in a store. Where I live, the Lehigh Valley, PA, is blessed with having more bookstores than many other areas, but like most businesses, they are not open for in-person browsing.
So, let us help the readers out there. Let us suggest one book for others to consider reading.
I will continue this book suggestion as a weekly series, and that is the reason for only one recommendation per post.
Here is my suggestion:
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin. I consider this book to be one of the very best novels ever written. This magnificent novel requires a commitment of time and thinking as you read it.
“Exceptional . . . a mammoth, elegaic, moving exegesis on love, beauty, the meaning of life, and the meaninglessness of war . . . a compelling vision of humanity . . . ” (From the inside cover quotation from the Washington Post Book World.)
I consider this novel to stand with Cervantes’ Don Quixote as one of the essential books to read in a person’s life.