“Consider the Lobster and Other Essays” by David Foster Wallace
2017 Reading Challenge — Book 36: A book recommended by a family member
I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say about this book, which was technically not recommended by a family member, though its author was recommended. This is just the one I found at the library.
Wallace was a gifted writer, no doubt. He made topics that I would otherwise have zero interest in (e.g., the Maine Lobster Festival and hardcore pornography) interesting. His talent as a journalist to draw out stories and ask good questions is apparent in each essay, seen most poignantly in “The View From Mrs. Thompson’s” as he describes his recollection of the events of 9/11.
The reader is truly able to “get inside his head” through his writing, and it was good for me to be able to do that with someone whose worldview is so different from my own. That said, I can’t say I necessarily enjoyed this book, though I’m not sure that was the point. Thought-provoking? Sure. Life-changing? Not a bit. Recommended reading? Probably not.