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Two Books a Young Writer Should Read

Updated on February 1, 2015

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.


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    • JamesCage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for your kind words.

    • Jlbowden profile image

      James Bowden 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello James:

      I really enjoyed your most recent article about two books a young writer should read.

      I found this information very useful and I am sure many others on hubpages and via the internet, will also find that to be true as well.

      I have heard of these books, but do not remember ever reading either one of them. Definitely will have to revisit them and give them both a read. It looks like I missed out on a lot of great information.

      At this time I would like to extend my welcome to you as a new member to our online platform of writers.

      You will soon find out for yourself, that we are a very friendly group and equally as supportive.

      I look forward to reading more of your articles and once again-welcome aboard and happy writing.


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