Monday, June 7, 2010

Books that made a difference to Ethan Hawke

The actor and author Ethan Hawke told O, The Oprah Magazine about a few books that made a difference to him. One book on the list:
by Herman Melville

I found this novel so surprising. I thought it would be a deep, interesting tale like Anna Karenina; instead it's a giant prose poem that, paragraph by paragraph, has some of the most beautiful writing in the English language. But I won't lie; it's homework.
Read about the other books that made a difference to Hawke.

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--Marshal Zeringue