Monday, 19 September 2011

Perspective

Guest Blogger: Dorothy

Hello to Ellie's readers!

This is Dorothy from The Kindled Scholar, and I am very excited to be doing a guest post here. I've been one of Ellie's readers since shortly after her blog started, and I'm honored that she would have me.

You're reading this because you love to read, right? One of the things I love about reading is that you get to experience different worlds through different perspectives. Some of the best books let you see the world through a different pair of eyes. Here are a few books that take very unique and extreme perspectives.

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What do these books have in common? Perspective.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold -This is a story told in the perspective of a young girl that was murdered. She sees the effect her death has on her family, especially her dad.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon -Though the words "Asperger Syndrome" never actually appear in this novel, it is clear that Christian is very different. We follow him as he sets out to solve the mystery of Wellington's murder, and we see how his condition affects his interaction with his father and mother.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer-This is a novel about World War II that is told through letters sent between friends. It's great to see multiple people's perspectives, and what makes this unique is that unlike first-person narration, you hear only what the sender wants the recipient to hear. See my review here.

ROOM by Emma Donoghue -There has been much buzz about this book, and for good reason. It is told in the perspective of a 5-year-old boy that has never been outside one room. It's truly a fascinating tale that is executed with a lot of creativity. See my review here. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak -Okay, I haven't actually read this one, but it is pretty high up on my to-read list. The narrator is death, and if that isn't unique, well...

 A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket -This series about the plight of three young orphans is narrated by an investigator. He goes to the mysterious places that the Baudelaire orphans stayed at one point. He researches the things that have happened to them, and leaves his manuscripts in hidden spots.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein -This book is told from the perspective of (wait for it)... a dog. That's right, a dog. Stein manages to give Enzo, our canine protagonist, a realistic but not too ambitious viewpoint. Enzo is such an endearing character that you're sure to fall in love with him, pet-lover or not. See my review here.

These books are very different from each other in many ways; one thing they do have in common is that they give us a different lens with which to view the world. When you read something that gives you a fresh perspective, whether it's through the eyes of a 5-year-old or a dog, you'll realize the many things you take for granted.

Love and (a book) light,

~Dorothy
The Kindled Scholar

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