Thursday, April 26, 2012

Top 10 books on shopping malls

Ewan Morrison is the author of the novels Distance, Swung, and Ménage as well as the collection of short stories, The Last Book You Read.

For the Guardian, he named a top ten list of books about shopping malls, including:
The Cave by José Saramago

A late work by the Nobel prize-winning Portugese author of Blindness and The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. The mall in the story is a vast structure called The Center, in which people live while at the same time it sucks the life from the surrounding countryside and towns. Cipriano Algor, an aged potter, is put out of work by the mall and forced to abandon his livelihood. He discovers mysterious sounds of digging beneath the mall and goes on a secret journey to discover their source. What he finds is an ancient cave, hidden for millennia, with terrifying contents, which threatens to shatter the edifice on which The Center is built. A powerful allegory of the decline in community values and the dignity of human labour, by one of the great imagists of the 20th century.
Read about another novel on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue