Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Six top books that explore man's inherent violence

T.C. Boyle's latest novel The Harder They Come explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. For The Week magazine he tagged his six favorite books that explore man's inherent violence, including:
Deliverance by James Dickey

I recently revisited this 1970 novel and found it even better than I'd remembered. Dickey's line-to-line writing is sublime without ever getting in the way, and his depiction of four men reverting to the primitive while on a Georgia canoe trip is telling and well measured — Lord of the Flies peopled with adults.
Read about the other books on the list.

Deliverance is one of Pat Conroy's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue