A list of books I have read for class, fun, and otherwise since. . . .?
Created by LTHMPLS on Aug 2, 2008
Last updated: 08/06/10 at 05:59 PM
2006 winner of Bellweather literature for social change award. Post WW II south. ^ perspectives, great writing, wonderful story.
O'Brien brilliance in a quirky story. Would have been hard to read in a lesser writer's hands.
Crao. Read almost 1/2. Not worth finishing.
Crap. Read almost 1/2. Not worth finishing.
Slow read. Paul Rayment--crippled --passion for his nurse Marijana--Elizabeth Costello's intervention--disappointing, but will read more Coetzee.
Redwoods-science and adventure-smilar to Krakauer. Great read.
S. Africa-disgraced professor--struggles between baclks and whites-rape--mortality.
Pullitzer prize winner. Beautiful writing and a chore to read.
Great writing from Doig again. Wonderful story with big memorable characters. Not life changing, but a good read.
Great book about the interweaving of two women a Nigerian village girl and a British fashion magazine editor. Well written and presents many moral issues. Though provoking.
Prequel of sorts to Shadow of teh Wind (not yet read). The story of David Martin a poor boy in Barcelona who becames a writer and eventually makes a deal with the devil. The first 2-300 pages are excellent and the last 200 ruin the book.
Tamarack wilderness reserve 1930s Jordan Groves First Banks book for me. Good writing, some twists, complex character--ESP Jordan. A bit melodramatic at times.
Best Roth so far! Brilliant without gratuitous sex. Big ideas and big characters.
Decent, not brilliant. The use of the Chinese Indignation song by Marcus Messner and then the actual Chinese who kill him is well done. Stupidity of fun versus the necessity of doing what needs to be done. No one is faultless and all characters are complex.
The sequel to The Ghost writer which was written over 25 years earlier and whose action occurs nearly 50 years earlier. Roth is a genius, his literary insight is like few others, and his exploration of the human condition is always astonishing. I have never read an account of the ravages of aging that have affected me or made me empathize as much as this. Aging causes virility and genius to crumble, shrivel. The two books together are better than they are alone.
Roth's first novella and short story collection. Not genius, but great out of the gates.
The first Zuckerman book. An argument with family about Jewishness and what he should be able to write, an evening with his idol (the writer I.E. Lonoff),Lonoff's wife and a young woman who Zuckerman imagines is Ann Frank--who could tell the husband of Ann Frank what is/not acceptable to write about Jews?
Roth at his most sex-obsessed? Not great.
Brilliant Classics. Phillias Fogg is a classic character, asz is Passepartout. Great yarn.
1937 Depression-Era Canada Farmstead Ukranian Immigrants Beautiful and Tragic
Booker Prize Winner Beautiful Writing Deeply Disappointing--hated the man character
The prequel to Montana, 1948. Stories about the Hayden's and others that led up to the first novel.
Norwegian Novel "You decide when it hurts" Really interesting father figure--can't help but be attracted to even though severely flawed.
Young YA book read while at work. Cute stories. The grandma is a hilarious character.
A book of long short stories. I only read the first story--title story.
Mem Fox The many benefits (and necessity) of reading aloud to our children.
Memoir Adult/YA Rough Childhood
Kids Book-about an hour Kate DiCamillo-from the Atwell school reading list for younger readers
Cornelia Funke Kids Book Finished from a long time ago
Graphic novel about Bertrand Russell, truth, advanced mathematics.
Sept 2009-December 2009 The list that made other reading rather difficult. Add later.