and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so why haven’t I gone back to it, with the exception of some Jane Austen and Henry David Thoreau here and there? 7 months ago
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I can’t believe I never read this before. Quick and easy to read. Sad. 8 months ago
A few weeks ago, I read Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. My sister has always gushed over this book and I finally decided to find it at the library and give it a try. Mmm, delicious. It was a really perfect, curl-up-in-bed, gothic romance/mystery, creepy and hard-to-put-down. I loved it. I’m not sure if it can be really called a classic but it’s definitely going to be one of my favorite books. 15 months ago
Hiroshima by John Hersey.
A slim book, a copy of which I found in my parents’ attic, probably stashed there since 1946 when it was first published, bought and read.
The style of Hersey’s writing lent itself to the dogged living and suffering of the book’s subjects. The tone of the book is faithful to real-life Japanese culture and society. It was easy to think I was just reading some strict narrative until Hersey began to draw subtle conclusions about the ethics of “throwing two billion gold dollars into an important wartime gamble.” It was something only the U.S. could do.
I also found that I really wanted to know what happened to Miss Sasaki and Father Kleinsorge, Mrs. Nakamura and Reverend Tanimoto in the aftermath of the bombing and immediate recovery, after the telling of this story ended. They were real people whose stories, great and small, were made real and important, whose lives extended beyond the tragedy of Hiroshima. Hersey made me see the tragedy of the event but also the humanity of it and the people and culture and world it affected. 20 months ago
This was much more readable than I thought it would be! I really got into it. I always wanted to read Dracula at Halloween-time and so this year, I just did it (though, of course, it took me all November to actually finish it). It was scary and funny and fast-paced. In fact, I started The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman somewhere in there and kept thinking about Dracula so I just took Dovekeepers back to the library and finished Dracula. (I used to really like Alice Hoffman and this book got good reviews but it was super annoying and not just because Dracula was calling me…just annoying on its own.)
So, highly recommend Dracula! 2 years ago
Again, I read an old copy that I found at my mom and dad’s house and it turned out to be my great-grandfather’s copy. I liked imagining him reading it, too. 2 years ago
I just saw Jane Eyre, and the words are a beautiful fragment of a time 2 years ago
I guess this is classic literature, classic Russian literature. While I appreciated the historic importance of the book (the introduction to my edition was the most interesting part of the book!) I can’t rave over the actual book.
I did like the imagery in the book, the witches and the humor of the cat…the atmosphere of secrecy and celebration. The chapters about Pontius Pilate were interesting, too but it seemed I had to wade through a lot to get to the good parts.
I like reading introductions after I read the book especially when I know they will be explanatory and this time was no exception. The introduction really brought the story and the history into perspective but, unfortunately, it didn’t make me reconsider the book in any revelatory way! 2 years ago
This starts out slow but, like every great book, if you stick with it, you end up loving it. There came a time when I could not put this book down, when I cried silently over Ma and Tom and Ruthie and Rose of Sharon. But I could not cry long for them because they did not cry for themselves. This was a novel of devastating lows and yet, in their own way, very hopeful highs. I don’t need to know what happened to the Joads after the book ended because I know that they made it, somehow.
The Grapes of Wrath also spoke to me on an environmental and political level. It seems that era marked the beginning of what farmers still struggle with today. The dying of small farms and farmers with the onset of technology is directly related to issues that are important to me right now. As the co-owner of a family farm that, in many ways, has entirely bought into modern farming, but yet also someone who is more and more aware of how that affects the environment, our health and wallets and businesses, this book really opened up yet another level of my thinking.
This goal is so worth it. I feel as if I have to make myself pick up books that I know I should read but don’t always seem appealing. Yet (except for Wuthering Heights!) I have been rewarded. I think I will go back and read the introduction to Grapes and learn more about these people and that time. It will stay with me a long while… 3 years ago