18. The Book I Wish I Could Live In

I would choose to live in the middle part of Martin Dressler: The Tale of the American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

A self-starting man rises from an assistant in his father’s cigar shop to the uppermost stratosphere of wealth. The rise doesn’t come without a cost, though. Steven Millhauser makes a point to illustrate the kinds of sacrifices required to be a billionaire in America: love, family, sanity.

I really enjoyed the imagination of this book. Reading every page reminded me of the things I would do if there were no restrictions on me. Here’s my Goodreads review:

The title has it right: it’s the perfect book for a dreamer. Think Tim Burton’s Big Fish crossing with an Andrew Carnegie biography and you got a very accurate description of what’s in store if you read this book.

Surprising, funny, sweet, and an interesting look at the life of a self-made man. I couldn’t put it down. And I’m just waiting for Tim Burton to make this into a movie.

Update: A day after answering, I might have already changed my mind. I’d love to live in the world of Jess Walters’s book Beautiful Ruins.

2 Replies to “18. The Book I Wish I Could Live In”

  1. I didn’t know that author, katydidknot, so I did a little research. It seems Robert Holdstock’s books haven’t been published in America in a decade. Now that it’s back I’ll need to pick it up. The synopsis intrigues me! I dig the idea of sons carrying on their father’s work.

  2. These posts you’ve been doing are great. I think I’d live in Robert Holdstock’s “Mythago Wood.” Cool environment, plus you could pull up cultural archetypes out of your brain at will, basically.

Tell me about it.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s