Interview with K. Dumm

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh wow. I have no idea.

Five that come to mind immediately are:

Adam Smith's 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments', which lays out his philosophy of morality and human motivation, and sets the tone for his well-known treatise 'The Wealth of Nations', which is amazing and widely misread and misunderstood by modern laissez-faire economists. (I have an advanced degree in this so I do, really, know what I'm talking about. Additionally, I'm working on a book about this topic so it's on my mind.)

J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Any geeky girl (or boy) would agree that it's amazing and transports the reader to Middle Earth. Also it was basically the beginning of the modern fantasy genre.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus'. The story is wonderful and exciting, but above all it's the way that Mary Shelley talks about emotions through the voices of the characters, including the monster. She is so very human in this and I don't know if I've ever related to another author's voice as totally as I do to hers.

'Maus' by Art Spiegelman. This graphic novel is like none other and tells the story of the holocaust through the eyes of Art's farther, a Polish Jew, under the guise of a cat and mouse game that really, really, brought the horrors of the holocaust home to me. I think that everyone should read this book.

Daniel DeFoe's 'Moll Flanders', which was so realistic in it's day that readers across Britain thought it was a biography of a poor creature cast into London's underbelly by the sad conditions of her birth. The language is a perfectly preserved capsule of eighteenth-century London vernacular, and it's format - no chapter divisions - places it in that precious time at the very birth of the modern novel, a time that is singularly interesting to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read on my own that had any real impact on me was 'Matilda', by Roald Dahl. The magical realism, the humor through fear and sorrow, and the sheer adventure really captured my young imagination,
Published 2017-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Jonathan Crowder's Republic of Letters
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 52,180. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Mashups
Jonathan Crowder Esq, a young colonist, has repaired himself to the island of Great Britain to further his education in both the academic sphere and those murky waters of personal relations. He begins his journey by subjecting his mind to the rigors of study, but finding himself at a loss for female companionship, subsequently subjects himself to the fickle world of online dating.