Literature is constantly at the forefront of debate at Eudaemonia HQ. Here are four books which have provided the most enjoyment to us this month.
A Decent Ride – Irvine Welsh
Filthy, incredibly funny and at times uncomfortable, Irvine Welsh constantly has an eye for the more intense reader and has a literary style which is ever evolving. Sticking to what he knows best, A Decent Ride re-introduces the character of taxi driver Terry Lawson ten years beyond his first appearance in 2005’s Porno.
However, the inclusion of the Spud-like Jonty and more importantly new money American tycoon Ronald Checker introduces differentiation. Drawing similarities to the similarly idiotic and dimwitted current US President, Checker matches Trump’s uselessness through purchases and inability to cope with the Scottish weather.
The Power – Naomi Alderman
Thrilling and rapid, Alderman’s instantly readable novel is already somewhat of a classic for the ages. Relevant and entirely dreamey, it pictures a world where women had rightful power. Mixing elements of science fiction and utopian speculation, it follows numerous characters as the power of female electrocution grows evermore powerful.
It is far deeper than a science fiction fantasy, Alderman does well to question the role of men in power alongside their abuse of it. Continually, the novel also hints further at abuse of power and sexual intimacy. Overall, The Power is a page turner for the ages.
The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald
Written in 1925, The Great Gatsby has struggled with relevancy though its internal messages still play an ever present role in the lives of readers to this day. Mixing old money and new, it follows a class of wealth around West Egg, the fictional Long Island town in the summer of 1922.
Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his somewhat confused love for Daisy Buchanan takes a centripetal plot role. Themes of hope, misery, idealism and near obsessive urges for love take centre stage. Ultimately, the message remains clear – waiting upon love is only a burden.
Submission – Michael Houellebecq
Controversial, acclaimed but entirely unconvincing, Houellebecq’s Submission instead raises alternate scenario through political satire whilst at the same time questioning elements of desire, national instability and the confused nature of the modern man.
Sparking some form of debate, intrigue and confusion, Submission follows a middle aged literature professor named François through political crisis. However, it is his imminent downfall both sexually and sentimentally which provokes most thought within the mind of the reader.
Cover Image: Paris’ beautiful Bouquinistes
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