Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Robert Olmstead's six favorite books

Robert Olmstead's novels include Far Bright Star and the award-winning Coal Black Horse. His latest book is The Coldest Night, a soldier's love story, set against the backdrop of the Korean War.

One of his six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy is our very own Shakespeare. He remembers the people we would choose to forget. He reminds us of the awes of life, and of how fragile the experience we call civilization is. Into each narrative comes a strange stirring of the heart. And the words he writes — they are as if sewn into the page: a kind of needlework or embroidery.
Read about the other entries on Olmstead's list.

Blood Meridian is one authority's pick for the Great Texas novel and is among Michael Crummey's top ten literary feuds, Philip Connors's top ten wilderness books, six books that made a difference to Kazuo Ishiguro, Clive Sinclair's top 10 westerns, Maile Meloy's six best books, and David Foster Wallace's five direly underappreciated post-1960 U.S. novels. It appears on the New York Times list of the best American fiction of the last 25 years and among the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.

--Marshal Zeringue