1922 (short story from Full Dark No Stars – 2010)
“1922” is my absolute favorite short story by King, and in fact may be my favorite of all of his work. Believe me I have read it all, which is quite a thing to say considering he has fifty-seven published novels and nearly two-hundred short stories. The story, which could be classified as a novella due to it’s length, is a psychological thriller that takes place in Nebraska in the 20’s (hence the title). The period piece contains very vivid imagery in it’s time, and the issues and themes addressed in the novel have stayed with me for the past three years. Never has a story been so persistent. Please read “1922”.
Here is something I learned in 1922: there are always worse things waiting.
The Reader (1997)
This novel is definitely not an uplifting one, but at the same time it is well-written and amazingly moving. The film starring Kate Winslet and David Kross is equally astounding, and if you haven’t seen it you should do so immediately. The protagonist’s voice in giving an account of the story causes the reader to become very emotionally involved up until the very end. The novel is a quick read and should most definitely be paired with the film.
I asked her about life, and it was as if she rummaged around in a dusty chest to get me the answers.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Amongst my sea of favorite classic novels, Never Let Me Go is a surprisingly a new favorite. Released in 2010, the novel was used for the film by the same name starring the wonderful Carey Mulligan, as well as Kiera Knightley and Andrew Garfield. Although the movie is equally amazing, the novel’s incredibly imagery and strong emotional pull, allow it to make the list. Kazuo Ishiguro is a true genius when it comes to storytelling, and I hope to read more of his novels in the future.
Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.
The Stranger (1942)
The Stranger is one of my absolute favorite novels, and a short read, only took a day to finish cover to cover. The protagonist, Meursault, is characterized by his uncaring attitutes and detached position on the events taking place around him, making for a very interesting and mysterious character. The novel has been given a four star rating by “GoodReads,” and is a page turner due to it’s brilliant prose and equally brilliant plot.
Mother died today.
Of Mice and Men (1937)
A true classic. Of Mice and Men is one of the most powerful and equally tragic novels I have ever read. A story of friendship and of hardship, within these pages, John Steinbeck forces his reader to reach a heartbreaking truth about American hopes and dreams, among the backdrop of the 1930s depression era.
Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.