These Books Are Made For Walking

Getting into Literary Fiction

Getting into Literary Fiction

AnElephantCant always be factual
He suffers from a terrible affliction
By hook or by crook
He gets into a book
And rambles around in a world of pure fiction

He has daily Adventures like Tom Sawyer
Like Huck he has a lifestyle carefree
He is surprisingly healthy
Though not at all wealthy
Unlike the chap in Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby

He isn’t too keen on the ocean
Although he loves The Old Man and the Sea
But in Moby Dick
Ahab has a sharp stick
In Treasure Island Long John Silver maroons folk with glee

Here in Scotland Iain Banks has a Wasp Factory
Sir Walter tells about Ivanhoe
Conan Doyle writes the truth
About the world’s greatest sleuth
Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song tells of woe

In Europe Camus describes The Stranger
And long ago Virgil quilled The Aeneid
Hesse exercises the brain
Kafka drives you insane
And Voltaire just delights with Candide

AnElephantCant pretend he’s philosophical
He struggles to comprehend Sartre
Heller confuses him anew
With Catch 22
He prefers to live in a World According to Garp

And he does adore literary ladies
Like Rebecca in drear Manderley
There is meddlesome Emma
Scarlett – please don’t condemn her
And the too fickle Madame Bovary

Of course he most admires Sir Lancelot
And tough guys like Philip Marlowe
James Bond he admires
Gandalf’s magic inspires
But Tarzan is AnElephant’s top hero

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12 Responses to These Books Are Made For Walking

  1. Penny L Howe says:

    Thank you. A fun and great way to remind people of some excellent books to read. Nothing beats a good book! 🙂 xx


  2. julespaige says:

    Dear Elephant are you aware
    Of a site fair
    Called A fun place visit
    you can with folks from all over the globe sit-it
    while setting books free – if seeing where volumes travel is your care.

    I’m also JulesPaige there…though I haven’t poke my nose there in awhile. Some of the books I’ve register on that free site do pop up in my e-mails to say that they’ve traveled more than I!


  3. emmylgant says:

    The great escape is in fiction
    When AnElephantCan indeed
    Rhyme The Aenid with Candide
    Emmy admires his imagination,
    For sure his bookshelf amplitude
    And his nearly panglossian attitude
    Chaque jour est une aventure
    J’en suis sure, sure.
    qu’il faut vivre
    vraiment comme un livre.


  4. bigrab says:

    I’m really not into fiction
    Nor films neither plays nor their acts
    I like to live here in the real world
    I prefer being surrounded by facts

    I don’t have vivid imagination
    If it can’t happen it probably won’t
    I think why should I read all about it?
    And more often than not I just don’t

    Sad I know……


  5. Brilliant! I need to find the Leonard Cohen – I didn’t know he had written a novel…. 🙂


  6. Alastair says:

    Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song tells of woe That was a mouthful and a half 😉

    Whilst AnElephant has large array of fiction
    My books are read behind closed doors
    Although I like Lord of the Rings
    And dragons with gossamer wings
    My favourites are in the age of Star Wars


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