Now, I’d forgotten Carolyn has a special connection to RBTB, which she reminds us of Wednesday as she's hostessing while I'm off having a little -- can you believe it? -- cataract surgery. It'll be so nice to see clearly again!
Whilst nosing 'round CarolynJewel.com, something struck me. In the area titled “The Love/Hate Section” which, frankly, made me ascared at first, Carolyn’s got a “Novels I Admire and Think Everyone Should Read” heading (followed by the genius “Novels I Despise and Think Everyone Should Read and Agree with Me” which I may steal as the title of some future romance commentary venture).
Anywayz, at the top of Jewel's “Novels I Admire,” is the title of one of my fave novels of all time, and one of the first books I learned to look at critically, “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe. It’s a book I think about in snips/snatches or image washes from time to time when something in the everyday sets off a connection. And while romance fiction often does the same for me, literary fiction like this Achebe does so because I get the sense the story is moving me in the same tide with which he's moving/has moved a world view.
Yet a non-romance book doesn't have to be important to us because it moves and shakes. It could be something non-fiction that brings us to a locale we've not visited, or a biography that introduces us to an historical figure we grow to admire.
But enough about my husband's well-documented-at-RBTB obsession with John and Abigail Adams' supposed love story for the ages...What's your favorite non-romance book for the ages? Why do you love it? Is it a "literary" novel? If it's literary, does that make it more important than romance fiction and why?
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