Hi, my name is (I won't reveal my real name ). I'm currently doing a Fall semester course in American History (106) which goes on from the Reconstruction Era till' present day. It touches only the first layer of American History. We've got to write a paper on a book which we think is historically relevant. Now, we've been prescribed a reading list by our dear' old lecturer, but I want to deviate a little. Currently, I have these books in mind but I don't know how historically relevant they are and I would REALLY appreciate some help in ascertaining their historical relevance. On my list are;
1.) All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
2.) No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
3.) A Light in August by William Faulkner
4.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
5.) To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
6.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
those who'd like to play safe would definitely pick something after choice no.2; but personally, I'd really love to do either No Country or Pretty Horses because Cormac is my ONLY favorite author.
No Country is set in the 1980s, just after the cold war. All the Pretty Horses is set around 1949 - 1950.
But at the end of the day, if Cormac's novels aren't historically relevant enough, I'd have to to something else...or worse come to worse, stick to the reading list!