AVID READER, LACKING BOOK

Hello doctors,
My father is happily married, but he's looking around- looking around for a BOOK! He's an avid reader, and has always read the classics, but feels like he's read "everything worth reading". Is there something you can suggest to my well-read father who is in his mid-sixties?
Thank you,
Renee reader
Dear Renee Reader,
Thanks very much for your question - this is an interesting one for the older well-read man! If your father feels that he has read 'everything worth reading', he may be resistant to modern books. Of course, he is missing out on a lot of brilliant reading if so. One author he may not have discovered is Gerard Woodward. His fabulous trilogy August, I'll go to Bed at Noon, and A Curious Earth, chronicles the life of a family over four decades. A Curious Earth is the book closest to your father's own stage in life, in which the central character, Aldous, is facing his latter years without his wife and one of his sons. But it would be ideal for your father to start with the first book, when Aldous is in his late thirties. These books are beautifully written, full of dark humour, and highly insightful. 
He may also have missed a few great classics that bypass some readers, such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - a searing indictment of colonialisation and the activities of missionaries in Africa - and a perfect work of art to boot. This would also be a great moment to read Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, if he has not already done so - a wonderful, intense and evocative description of the strains between the generations, the push and pull between nihilism and idealism, the eternal struggle between the old and the new, which resonates today just as much as it did in 1862.
Let us know how he gets on!
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Gerard Woodward's August Trilogy
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

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