“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
I can think of several books I have read over the years that have made me feel this way about the author, mainly so I could discuss the book with them and have them tell me all the secrets that might lie behind the story. The first authors that spring to mind here are Louis de Bernieres and David Mitchell, but there will be many more. Which ones would you choose to be friends with?
There are of course also the ones you probably don’t particularly want to be friends with; the ones who you want to call up and simply say, “What on earth were you thinking?” That is the power of a novel, whether very good or very bad.