A style, a mood, a spirit, ideas : some authors are a shock. Keenness. Grasp. You’re hungry!
There are many ways and paths here.
- You can buy everything you find then swim into your new pool for months.
- You can like it so much than you keep some unreadings to keep new things for your whole life (I do this with Faulkner).
- You can explore it like malaria attacks, then let go (because it’s a too big continent).
William Faulkner. The Sound and the Fury has been the biggest book shock in my life. Haunting style. Liquor. Splendid.
Thomas Bernhard. Controlled methodical rage. Awesome. Unforgettable.
Anton Chekov. A doctor. The sweetest guy ever. Hilarious letters. Marvellous knowledge or human soul. Breaks your heart all the time.
Nietzsche. Toxic genius. Ideas at all stairs. Exhausting. Dense.
Paul Valéry. French genius of the highest range. The virgoest Virgo of spirits.
Ernst Jünger. The Goethe of the XXth Century. Generous, paradox between German spirit and big rushes of humanity. Warrior too.
Proust (rivers of words and intelligence), Kundera (smart and cruel), Yourcenar (cold adorable genius of Belgium), Giono (superb style), Bouvier (one of the best writer/traveler).
What do they have in common too? I want to have a conversation with them…
Have a nice day!