It’s been a long time since I participated in the Literary Blog Hop from The Blue Bookcase. It’s also been a while since I reviewed anything “literary”, but I do have a couple things in the works. I just couldn’t resist this week’s question: What work of literature would you recommend to someone who doesn’t like literature?
Two novels immediately came to mind, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and 1984 by George Orwell. Both are dystopian. Both are literary. Thought I love Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I think 1984 might be more accessible to a casual reader. I think it’s because 1984 is the source for so many of today’s clichés and expressions, that someone who only reads fantasy or science fiction might find it really interested. Both stories are also gripping and frightening. Literature doesn’t have to take place in the present or past; it can push us into a possible future that’ll give you chills.
What would you recommend to the non-literary minded?