Read-A-Thon: Wisdom of Age Challenge

24HourReadAThon.jpgCare’s Online Book Club is hosting the Wisdom of Age challenge which needs to be completed by the end of hour 18 of the Read-A-Thon.

Your challenge is to think up and suggest your favorite books that feature an older protagonist! AND / OR  let’s also think up any of your favorite AUTHORS who are still writing incredible books when most people are… not?

I really like this challenge. I thought I’d come up with two lists…one for older protagonists, one for older authors. I have LOTS of books that feature either older authors or older protagonists…but I am limiting my choices to three in each category (mostly because I am getting too tired to write more!).

Older Protagonists:

1.  The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (read my review) features a protagonist who is an older woman who is the concierge of an apartment building in Paris. There is also an older Japanese man…and the novel shows that you are never too old to fall in love.

2.  The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (read my review) features Roseanne McNulty, a woman in her 100th year who narrates the novel.

3.  The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg (read my review) is a novel which revolves around a middle aged woman, Betta Nolan, who finds herself suddenly without her beloved husband, John. As the book progresses, the reader is carried along on Betta’s journey of rediscovery. Many of Berg’s novels feature middle-aged women.

Older Authors:

1.  Margaret Atwood will turn 70 on November 18th. She is a phenomenal writer – really, just brilliant. She is still publishing novels, too… her latest being just last month (Year of the Flood). I’ve read the following of her books:

2.  Pat Barker turned 66 years old this year…she is an award winning author and published her latest book in 2007 (Life Class). I’ve read her WWII Trilogy (click on titles to take you to my reviews): Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road.

3.  John Irving turned 67 years old this year. He is one of my most favorite authors. His latest novel (Last Night in Twisted River) will be released at the end of this month. I have read most of Irvings books including my favorites: A Prayer for Owen Meany (read my review), Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, and Hotel New Hampshire.

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    • Care on October 24, 2009 at 20:45

    I was wondering if anyone would mention Atwood! I’m off to go read your rev of the Barry book. CHEERS! Happy Reading!

    • jehara on October 24, 2009 at 21:57

    i adore margaret atwood’s novels. i didn’t realize that she has been alive for so long. wow. she has been quite prolific in her career. i have her new book on mental wishlist. happy reading as we move into the final quarter!!!

    • Typ0 on October 24, 2009 at 22:47

    We were forced to read Atwood in school when i was growing up. Naturally that created a distaste for her work. I just bought “Year of the Flood” and am hoping to “rediscover” her. She’s Canadian – i’m supposed to love her! LOL

  1. I’m listening to The Year of Pleasures in my car (it’s going to take me a long time – I don’t have a long commute!) and it’s funny how much I’d forgotten about Betta’s story. I read the book when it first came out. Listening to it now is almost like reading it for the first time. And to think it was one of my favorites of Berg’s. Maybe I was distracted when I read the book. I honestly don’t remember a lot about it.

    • Wendy on October 25, 2009 at 12:36

    Care: Atwood is so amazing…I couldn’t NOT include her!

    Jehara: I am still working my way through all of Atwood’s books – there hasn’t been one I haven’t loved!

    Typ0: I think of Atwood’s work as more “adult” … I can see where a teen might not appreciate it. I hope you’ll give her another shot!

    Les: I love Berg’s books so much! Glad you are enjoying a re-read/listen!

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