Axes

Franz Kafka from National Library Israel

Franz Kafka once wrote: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

In my podcast episode “Ice and Axes – What Makes a Favorite?”, I gave Kafka’s words some lengthy thought and concluded they make a lot of sense.  I’ve since abandoned having “favorites” and resolved to evaluate books in this new light.  When I read now, I see if a book a) gives me a new idea, b) causes me think about an old idea in a new way, or c) changes my life in some other way.  This is how I personally define an “axe” book.

The books below comprise a partial list of my fictional “axes.”  Some of them are carryovers from my old favorites list, while others – not quite fitting the “favorite” label – have still impacted me.

My “Axe” Novels – a non-exhaustive list in no precise order:

4 thoughts on “Axes

  1. Til We Have Faces is on my list for someday. The Idiot is one Dostoevsky I haven't heard of — I have read only _Crime & Punishment_/_The Brothers Karamazov_/_Notes from Underground_. _Notes_ is the one I remember best probably because I have read it more recently than the others.Is there any chance you will revisit the ones that don't have reviews? I would be interested to see what you think.

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