I checked in at the Musing Mondays blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
Browsing a bookstore in Santa Cruz found an UK edition of Stephen King’s Under the Dome. I’ve been intrigued by the story but refrained from watching the mini series. The premise is simple: a small town in Maine is cut off from the outside world by an invisible dome-shape layer. The immediate consequence is deadly: plane crash, vehicles rebound, cut-off limbs, animals chopped right in half. But the book seems to steer away from the mysterious cause of this crisis. Instead it explores the aftermath and how people cope with the unprecedented. It reminds me of Blindness by Jose Saramago, in which an unnamed city was plagued by a white blindness. I started Under the Dome yesterday over breakfast and I couldn’t put it down (230 out of 880 pages so far). It’s an amazing story with an apocalyptic vision and an allegorical meaning.