Being bedridden with a high fever has plenty of benefits, the best of which is extra reading time. Here are some books I’ve read that may be of interest to you:
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” By Tennessee Williams
Favorite Quote: “Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one’s own character to himself.”
This play is about a man named Brick who doesn’t want to get hot and heavy with his wife, who complains that she feels “like a cat on a hot tin roof.” There’s also an inheritance. I find this play interesting not necessarily for its amazing craftsmanship (the version I read had two endings), but for the insight it gives into the working mind of Tennessee Williams. The quote I gave is taken from one of his stage directions, for instance. Also, the very fact that the play has two endings means that readers can get inside Williams’ head to see what he wanted to accomplish in his play (by reading Ending #1), and contrast it with what his director, Elia Kazan thought (by checking out Ending #2).
El Capitán Alatriste by Arturo Peréz-Reverte
Favorite Quote: “Hay que ganarse el pan, zagal.” (“You have to earn your bread, kid.”)
This book taught me all the Spanish I know. I spent hours looking up all the words in it on Word Reference. It was worth it, because the story is great. It takes place during Spain’s Golden Age, and stars a kid named Iñigo Balboa, whose father was slain in battle, and who now resides under the guardianship of his father’s friend, Diego Alatriste. Alatriste is a mercenary-for-hire, and is given the task of assassinating two gentlemen with suspiciously unimportant-sounding names. This gets Diego and his kid sidekick into trouble. It’s worth a read to see how (and if) they get out. If you don’t have time to translate a lot of Spanish, check out the English-language version, called “Captain Alatriste.”
Taggerung by Brian Jacques
Favorite Quote: “Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also.”
This is a book I first read when I was in middle school. As I lay in the throes of sickness, this book proved to be a trusty companion indeed. In this installment of the Redwall series, an otter is raised by an evil tribe, and is prized as the “Taggerung” because of his superior fighting skills. However, our otter hero is too pure of heart to live a life of murder, and so he sets out to find his true home. Although some sentences are clunky, this book is heartwarming for people of all ages, and is especially fulfilling if you’re sick in bed on Memorial Day Weekend.
I hope you enjoyed my books! If you have any recommendations for me, leave a comment, and I’ll try to write about them on my site.