Your favorite writer
As I’m going through the 30 Day Book Challenge, I’m finding some of these difficult to narrow down to just one. I have quite a few authors that I would put in the ‘favorite’ category for one reason or another. It could be becausse of the genre in which they write, their writing style, the topics they tackle.
- Chinua Achabe was an author from Nigeria who wrote Things Fall Apart. He is one of my favorites because he was the first African author I was introduced to. He wrote about how tribal society was fracturing under colonialism and how one man returning from exile finds the changes intollerable.
- Julia Alverez is a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist, who wrote How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. I love her because she writes a lot about the issues assimilation and identity while trying to hold on to your cultural idenity. She also writes about cultural expectations and stereotypes.
- Maya Angelou was perhaps one of the most prolific writers I’ve ever read. I love her because of her brute honesty and her willingness to share so much of her life with us. She was literally an open book. For me she symbolizes a beacon of hope, that no matter how bad things are you can overcome, thrive, and succeed inspite of all the negativity.
- Sandra Cisneros is a Latina American author, who wrote The House on Mango Street. I first read this in college and immediately fell in love with it. It’s written in vignette form, which was a new form for me.
- Charles Dickens — I gained an appreciation of Mr. Dickens when I had to take a seminar class in college and that was the only one that was not full. I wonder why? Anyway, What I came to really enjoy is that he tackled the topics that were considered taboo (i.e. child abuse and neglect, orphans and orphanages, hypocrisy, debt, hidden identities, family secrets, child labor, the ineffectiveness of the government). Ironically many of the subjects we still don’t openly talk about.
- Zora Neale Hurston was one of the best writers of the Harlem Renaissance even before the Harlem Renaissance became the Harlem Renaissance. Her prose when read aloud is simply poetic and musical. She has a way with weaving words together that make it sound like a you’re singing a song. I also love her use of local dialect and her colorful characters.
- Jo Nesbo is perhaps one of the hottest writers of Scandinavian Noir on the market right now. I’m currently making my way through his Harry Hole series. And truthfully I’m more attracted to the tragic, Harry Hole character and his development or devolution.
- Edgar Allan Poe — Poe had such a tragic life. His father abandoned the family. His mother died when he was young. His adopted mother died and his adopted father hated him. His beloved aunt and wife die of turburculosis and he dies in a Baltimore gutter. But these are not reasons why he’s on my favorite author list. He’s here because he’s one of the first mystery writers I ever read. He was also the first horror and gothic writer I’ve read.
- William Shakespeare — I gained a new respect and understanding of Shakespeare when I had take a Shakespeare course in college. I’m not sure where or how to begin in telling you why he’s on my list. I love that the plays are written in a poetry format rather than how the majority of plays are written today.
- Mark Twain makes the list because of his treatment of some pretty hot button topics for his time and that are still pretty hot button topics today (i.e. race, religion, alchol/durg abuse). I love that he uses realistic language for his day and that in some of his works, especially The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn he subtly argued for fundamental equality for all races.
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