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Sadly Ever After: 3 Books to Tear Into
2/3/2010 6:29:33 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

I was a guest blogger at The Journal of Cultural Conversation.

I was guest blogger at The Journal of Cultural Conversation.

My wife says that I only like to read sad books. She says that, when we go to the bookstore and she reads the summaries on the backs of the books that I just bought, she can tell right away if I’m going to like them or not, long before I even read them. And she’s usually right, too. At least, she’s right about whether or not I’ll end up liking them.

But just because she’s right doesn’t mean that I only like to read sad books. If fact. I think her books are way sadder than mine. She likes crime fiction mainly, those authors with long series of books based on some sort of theme, like the alphabet, colors or numbers. She likes One for Evanovich and G is for Grafton the most. She likes Patricia Cornwell, too, but lately she’s been more into Karen Slaughter, who’s like Cornwell’s way darker and way edgier and way sadder little sister.

These books are more than just crime fiction, sure. I get it. They’re about tough women, funny women, strong women, who, as the bodies and horrid images of mutilation and murder pile up, always seem to get their “man” in the end. Again and again. Book after book.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a book snob.

I love a good potboiler. In fact, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich and, more recently, Walter Mosley are some of my favorite writers of all time, and I consider their books classics, the kind of books I turn to again and again, book after book, to admire their craft.

But sometimes when I read, most of the time, I guess, I want more than just entertainment, and more than just great writing or great storytelling. I want experience. I want to plunge myself into the world of someone else and to walk in their shoes for a few days. And those long series of happy-ending books just don’t do it for me...

 

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