“book love: a project born of my love of the written word. I grew up hearing “books are your friends!” and it’s remained true all my life. I want to take photos of people with books they love – it’s a little facet to their personality that remains hidden to a casual observer. This project is ongoing & if you’d like to be a part of it, please drop me a line : arinnw at gmail dot com.”
This week we have Gabriel with Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach.
“The first book I selected is Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. I selected this book because it was with this book that I began to understand the power of literature. The themes of Utopian and Dystopian worlds have become very relevant with the huge popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Though More’s ideas of what Utopia would one day look like are quite dated. More captures the imagination of the reader’s hopes and desires in wanting to search for a better civilization for all human kind. More’s Utopia places a structural universalism for the readers to understand a vast array of themes. Specifically, More takes the issue of poverty and makes the goal of abolishing poverty a possibility by creating dreams into reality. In Utopia, More shows the world what it can be. More’s ability to make critiques on various issues like poverty and provide solutions is a great example of how one person can effectively inspire people and empower people to believe that social issues such as poverty can be solved.”
Robinson does a phenomenal job of showing the reader two worlds. One world is the world that we inhabit during our day-to-day lives and the second world is the spirit world. Robinson does an excellent job at blending these two worlds together and by the end of the novel you are left with so many questions. The novel does an excellent job of keeping the reader on point and having the reader question what world they are reading in or perhaps the spirit world and the day-to-day world coexist for a reason. Big questions and big themes arise from this novel and that is why Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach is one of my favorites.