First I want to thank my oldest son, Cory, for giving me THE GOLDFINCH. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I thought it was written, had an interesting plot-line and had a good ending. Some of the Pulitzer Prize fiction I have read leaves me shaking my head and wondering what it was about the book that caused it to be given a Pulitzer Prize. Sometimes it could just be me and my lack of comprehension. Some need a second reading. But I recommend THE GOLDFINCH.
TODAY, I started reading a book by William Least Heat-Moon, entitled BLUE HIGHWAYS – A Journey into America. I think the best way to describe this book is that it is a travelogue. The author traveled around the States, deliberately sticking to back-roads (my kind of traveling) stopping in small towns and villages, noting the people and places he encounters along the way. It was published in 1982. so it was written a few before that. The writer is very gifted with language (an ex-teacher of English). I really like his descriptions. Here is an example: “Her flesh looked as if it had been dumped into her stripy dress the way grain gets demoed into a feed sack.”