As a student of writing and literature, John Blomquist has a unique perspective on books which might surprise you…
Not only is he passionate about exploring the world which the author creates, but also in understanding the world of the author. His interest in the art of literature drives him to pursue a greater understanding of books and suggest some some titles that you may not be accustomed to.
So thank you for joining me on the first episode of the Three Favorite Books podcast with a long time great friend of mine, John Blomquist.
“I sat there looking at all my books on the shelf trying to figure out what the best answer would be.” – John Blomquist
John Blomquist Favorite Books:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
“His books border in this realm of reality and a fictional place. It shows the strangeness of the world we live in. They operate in a dream state.
You know when you’re in a dream, it feels normal when strange things happen?
When you wake up, you realize, “That was the weirdest thing ever?”
When you’re reading it, everything feels like it’s happening in the reality of the story.”
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
“The fact that, parts of this might be true. Whatever the case, the whole book can get your heart pumping at any moment.
I haven’t heard of anyone who hasn’t read the book who hasn’t loved the book.
It’s amazing. I fully recommend it.”
The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
“It’s not so much the book itself as much as it is the author…
His Cosmicomics are short stories. They are amazing surrealism. He sets these stories before the Big Bang. The names of the characters are names that you can’t pronounce. You could never read one of these stories aloud without sounding like a fool.
These characters don’t actually exist. They’re just celestial bodies in the ether watching the cosmos come together and planets form.
It’s really all about good science fiction. It touches on human nature and being fantastical and imaginative.”
I Hope These Notes on 1Q84, Shantaram and The Complete Cosmicoms Helped You in a Useful Way
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