10 Manly Books All Fathers Should Read
Hey, Sunday is Father’s Day if you live in the U.S!
With that in mind, I made my best effort in putting together the obligatory “Hey, it’s Father’s Day!” post. What’s a blog without timely, relevant posts that really strike to the heart of what matters most? And sentences that rhyme?
Anyway, in honor of Father’s Day, instead of passing out striped ties, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the more manly books in literature.
These are manly books that every man should read whilst hunting, watching NASCAR, and drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon. That’s a joke. I do none of the above things.
But, still, these are indeed manly books. You’ll need at least three days of stubble to read these novels.
On with it:
Blood Meridian: A group of men wander through an arid desert, scalp Indians, and kill each other. It’s a gore fest that makes a John Wayne western look like Elmo could’ve starred in it.
The Call of the Wild: Most Jack London books would be worthy of this list, but any novel about sled dogs in the harsh Yukon territory, in the middle of a gold rush? Now that’s the stuff a man is made of. Or a manly dog, I guess.
Anything by Hemingway: This really goes without saying. Hemingway is the Michael Jordan of manliness.
Slaughterhouse Five: It’s a war novel and a sci-fi novel at the same time. Aliens make an appearance. Plus, it’s written by Kurt Vonnegut! It’s the manly triumvirate!
Catch 22: Heller’s classic is a much different style of war novel. If you’re a guy who likes satire, you’ll love Catch 22. Yossarrian is one of my favorite characters.
Into The Wild: This is nonfiction, but it’s one of my favorite nonfiction books, so I couldn’t resist. Before Bear Grylls, there was Chris McCandless. The dude LITERALLY lived in a van down by the river in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska. He gave up a bright future and all of his money to hitchhike west and eventually die alone. He’s a sad manly man, but he’s a manly man nonetheless.
All Quiet On The Western Front: World War 1 Germany. Pre-Hitler. This one’s very much about the emotional and psychological toll that war has on soldiers. And not “soldiers” in the “gangsta rap” sense of the word.
The Bible: I’ll quote the Art of Manliness on this one: “If a Western man desires to understand the culture that surrounds him, he needs to have a thorough understanding of the book that has shaped that culture.” Whether or not you believe the Bible, there’s no doubting it has a heavy influence on literature.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Two words: Atticus Finch. He’s a man who stands for justice, integrity, honor, and all of those other important words. Finch might not be a brutish character from a Cormac McCarthy novel, but he might be the best father in literature.
The Big Sleep: Raymond Chandler is the king of the smooth detective novel and The Big Sleep is one of his best. It reminds me a lot of the LA Confidential movie starring Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe.
That’s all I’ve got for now.
What are some other manly books you would add to this list?