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Two Books a Young Writer Should Read
Two Books a Young Writer Should Read by James Cage
There are two books a young writer must read and understand. These books are The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
The novel The Sun Also Rises is a work of fiction. The title comes from Chapter One, Verse Five of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon, is a narrative about the futility of life. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you will die, characterizes both Solomon and Hemingway’s stories.
Hemingway’s story takes place in 1920’s France and Spain. The running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain was made famous in this book. English language grammar, character development, sentence structure and the form of the story should be studied. A writer can use The Sun Also Rises format as a base for a novel.
Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is non-fiction written as a novel. Capote’s prose, vocabulary and reporting of actual events are a work of art. In 1959 Kansas a family is brutally murdered by a couple of ex-cons. Why is a decent, hardworking, God fearing family murdered? Why would God allow this act of terror and violence to occur? These are philosophical questions that arise when reading this book.