Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Skylark Bookclub: Next Book!
Zowie, It's my turn to select a book for our reading club. The YouTube movie Kymatica is a pretty tough act to follow but I have chosen Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.
Ishmael is interesting for a number of reason. It's got a huge cult following especially in the 1990's by alternative, environmentally and ethically savvy young people. (Pearl Jam's album Yeild was dedicated to the novel). I was always amazed in the Vancouver book store I used to work in how quickly the book would be ordered and would sell. This novel is not the most fancypants "literary" novel...it's no McCarthy or De Lillo...but it's much more accessible and probably more enjoyable to read. Plus, it's a novel that tends to really get under the skin of humanist and compassionate thinkers. (I'm not saying anyone is an asshole if they don't like this novel...but it does tend to attract and interest people who are concerned about "how to live" and how to "do the right thing")
One time I was serving some politicians at a bar I used to work at. They were from the Green Party and NDP. They were having an informal meeting and I said I wouldn't vote for any of them unless they had read a couple books I really wanted them to read. They asked me which books, one of them was Ishmael...and all of them had read the novel. Well...of course they had! heh heh...silly me...
(now some of the other books on my list were pending...)