Sunday, November 12, 2006

Escape Reading
My mom told me about an author I've enjoyed over the last few months. His name is Lee Child. He writes thriller-type mystery books. The main character is Jack Reacher, who is this former military cop who has no home, no ties to anyone, just rambles all around the country helping people who get in these impossible situations. Making him have no ties and no relationships other than with the immediate characters in each story is a great writing device. He doesn't have to be an "armchair detective" because he doesn't have a life he goes back to after solving his mysteries and getting rid of bad guys. He simply vanishes. So the author can create new scenarios each time, in completely different settings.

But it makes me think about society and people living in community and what a family is and does for its members. Could someone really live like this? With no personal ties? No consideration for how his mother is doing? No wondering about his wife's birthday? The only thing he carries with him is a toothbrush. He buys new clothes every couple of days and ditches the old ones. Of course, there is the question of money. How does he support himself? I don't know. The author has never made that clear.

But the stories are intriguing and a fun escapist-type read. Right now, I'm reading Echo Burning.


  1. Judy P5:46 PM

    Your blogsite is right-side-up again ... yeah!

  2. I'm going to have to try this author. I hadn't heard of him before.

  3. Judy,
    Yes, it took me long enough to fix it, eh? I'm glad it looks better now. John T. Jr. gave me the idea for how to fix it. So thanks, John!!

  4. Jane,
    I hope you like him. The books are a bit amoral. The main character does "what needs doing" and lives in this sort of moral vacuum. So, if you can get by that ambiguity, they are good escape reading.

    I'm interested in hearing your continued reactions to re-reading classic lit. We watched To Kill a Mockingbird a few weeks ago, and I've been wanting to re-read that. I picked up "Lillies of the Field" today at the library. I don't think I've ever read it, but thought it might be a good one to get in over the Thanksgiving holiday.