My favorite storytellers have a zest for life, and they weave their enthusiasm into the smallest of details. Even if they are griping about an annoyance, their wonder at life’s inanities comes through loud and clear. So whether they make me want to laugh or want to cry, they also make me marvel at those little moments that others would miss.
This capacity comes through in some of my favorite books:
- Ken Kesey in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath
- John Updike in Rabbit, Run
- Chinua Achebe in Things Fall Apart
- Jack Kerouac in On the Road
- Norman Mailer in The Naked and the Dead
All of those books have different styles, but they all spun a tale that tuned me into a world I hadn’t known.
- Linking up today with The Daily Post: Spinning Yarns (What makes a good storyteller, in your opinion?)
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