I am still reading Dave Egger’s first novel, ‘You shall know our Velocity.’
The book is brilliant – I like the subtle experimental techniques – nothing too flash and over the top. We don’t want to scare the reader. This book is about ‘Hands’ and Will as they go on a journey around in the world in seven days (or try) and try to come to terms with their friend’s death. I read on Wikipedia that there are different versions of this book with some characters taken out, etc. I guess its like having a director’s cut.
I think we could make it onto the list of favourite authors. I’ll try another book and see. The list has been cut recently. A lot of my favourite author’s released new books last year. Great, I thought, 2008 was not a great year for exciting books. So, I got the books when they were released in hardback and sat down. I nearly gave up on one and the others did not stir me. I was disappointed. But maybe next time. Everyone has their writing struggles.
Dave’s Egger’s half memoir, half fiction ‘A heartbreaking work of staggering genius’ is now on my wish list.