Company, Drown, The Art of Fielding, The Cartographer

Company by Max Barry is not his best book. I much prefer Jennifer Government and Syrup. I can see elements of my workplace in his book which is scary and I am still wondering who took that donut.

 

 

Drown by Junot Diaz is a book of short stories using the same theme throughout – migrants from the Dominican Republic living in the United States. I was a little bit over the ‘DR’ by the time I finished the book.

 

 

The Art of Fieldingby Chad Harbach was an unexpected surprise for someone who has little interest in baseball (but, of course, the book is not really about baseball). Baseball, like cricket, is embedded into the culture of the particular countries who play these sports. I remember arriving in Canada at the time of the World Series and being appalled that it was the best of seven games and would be on television for the entire week. I am sure many visitors to Australia feel the same about test match cricket.

To me, the art of fielding parallels the art of living. Each person finds his or her place on the field and tries to play the best they can. Some people are very adept at fielding, whereas others struggle. And there are times when we lose confidence and our fielding goes astray.

The Cartographer by Peter Twohig is one of the best books that I have read over the past year or so. It is a tale of a young boy trying to work out his world and how to survive in this world without his twin brother. It is a tale of superheroes and adventure. The young boy takes us into his world of underground tunnels and drains; into a world of Melbourne that we would not recognise. We never learn his name (his brother’s name is Tom) as we follow him working out the connections of people and places in his neighbourhood. I loved it.

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