Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Association

So, it's our last week with Solaris as our book of the month.  This week, we'll link the classic science fiction novel with other books that include characters that sacrifice themselves in the name of love. Thanks to our ShelfTator Angie for her help as well! Next month, we'll turn to The Phantom of the Opera.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of starts this novel about the French Revolution. For the love of one woman, two men vie for her hand. A sacrifice of all sacrifices is made. This one is a personal favorite of mine that I read in high school and loved, even though Dickens has a tendency to over describe. The whole plot of this book was incredible.

A love of a different kind is displayed here as Steinbeck tells the story of two men traveling the Salinas Valley to find employment. One of the men, George, acts as a caregiver to Lennie, a simple minded man, and tries to shelter him from the harshness of migrant life and people.

A father sacrifices his health and, ultimately, his life, to teach his son survival skills amidst a post-apocalyptic world while traveling to their final destination, the West Coast. 

What are some novels you enjoyed that involved love and sacrifice?

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