Unique Reads

Every story is different but read enough of a genre and sometimes novels seem to blend into each other. However, from time to time, I encounter books that stand out in some way – not just that the characters are different but that the author used some literary element or creative means to achieve a truly memorable book. The bloggers at Broke and Bookish asked us to list some unique finds and these are some that I’ve read recently:

Human Acts by Han Kang describes the death of a young boy that got caught up in a civil uprising in South Korea. The multiple perspectives and timelines provides the most unique story of a death and the impact that one loss of life had on a community.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is set in 2002 and is the story of a nine year old boy who lost his father in the World Trade Center attacks and is now pursuing a clue to discover his father’s secret. The multiple formats made the book interesting but the first person narration by a clueless boy-detective who doesn’t know the world is being arranged for him made for a really cute read.

Mr. Potter was the first novel I read from Jamaica Kincaid this year and it was unique in its format. In it, she fictionalizes the story of a father she never knew and only discovered after he was dead. She creates a representation of him outlined by the other people’s, often bad, memories and fills in blank spaces with her knowledge of the culture and her wild imagination. Kincaid’s writing style makes use of repetition and long, run on sentences and bold narrative but does not include dialogue. These elements themselves tell such a powerful story – a man whose life is being discovered and told without his input and so his legacy becomes limited to what others say of him, the tales and their truth often being interrupted by what others refute or agree with.

Toni Morrison’s novel, Sula was unique in that the entire beginning and ending of the novel take place without the main character, a technique I’ve never seen done quite that way before. The story instead of being about this one character, is really the story of the place that was set up for her to inhabit, the effect she had and the void her absence created.

What is the most unique book you’ve read recently? What made it different?

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    I haven’t read any of these books! 🙂 They look fab though.

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  2. I’ve always wanted to read that Incredibly Loud book, but have never gotten to it. I need to pick it up after reading this! Thanks for stopping by my TTT,

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  3. Mr. Potter sounds really interesting! I’ve also been wanting to read some Toni Morrison, and your description of Sula really intrigues me, so perhaps I’ll try that one out first. Great picks! 🙂

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  4. Sula’s one of my favorites. Great choices!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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