Friday, December 30, 2016

For me the Novel, Film, and Album of the Year

In my early 30s I compiled lists of the novels, films, and albums which to that point had either become all-time favourites or left an indelible impression. Though now a less avid blogger, I've still been adding one more each year. So here they are for 2016, the year I turned 41.

NOVEL #41:

The book dates back to 2013 but my interest in its themes (aboriginal history and the missionary complicity in western conquest) goes back further than that. I'm very grateful to my sister-in-law Amy for recommending it. The story is gripping, the sense of place and time is strong, and the way it weaves in and out of the perspectives of its three main characters is beautiful.

Nick Cave, The Death of Bunny Munro (2009)
Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited (2006)
Dave Eggers, You're Fathers, Where are They? (2014)
Stephen King, The Shining (1977)

This isn't exactly new -- here's what I wrote about it the first time 'round -- but on second viewing this year I fell in love with it.

In this spot I could and probably should have put We're All Gonna Die, since it was actually released in 2016. Truth be told, since I listened to all five Dawes albums non-stop this year, top billing could also have gone to Stories Don't End or North Hills. But, for me and for this year, this one is most representative. Every song is perfect.

I used to keep a list of favourite non-fiction as well but my reading in that department is pretty eccentric and chronologically erratic. For what it's worth, the non-fiction that got to me the strongest this year included Bonhoeffer's Creation and Fall, Wayne Morris's Theology Without Words, Elizabeth Johnson's Ask the Beasts, and Stephen Backhouse's Kierkegaard: A Single Life.

Needless to say, I recommend all of these highly.

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Doug Wiebe said...

I also appreciated The Orenda... have read several of his works. Just about finished Born with a Tooth, with many powerful insights into how the people see the world, the church, the priests... and how the priests are seeing the people...clash of world views and cultures..

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Michael Spalione said...

Have you seen "To the Wonder"? It was Terrence Malick's follow up film to "Tree of Life". Out of the 2 "Wonder" is my favorite.

Jon Coutts said...

I still need to check that out!