I'm taking another plunge into the 24 in 48 read-a-thon this weekend. I participated in the last one in January, and while I didn't hit 24 hours, I did read for about 15. This time, I won't be at home; instead, I'll be traveling one of the days, and in a hotel all three nights. I'm interested to see what effect that has--if any. I'll be participating in a conference for some of Sunday, but not all.
I'd like to finish a couple of books I've started:
Richard Price, The Whites
Sharyn McCrumb, The Ballad of Frankie Silver
I'd be pleased finish those two.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Lukas's novel tells the story of a synagogue, its documents, and the people who protect and want to preserve them, across three distinct time periods that span several hundred years. In doing so, Lukas shows the strong links across many generations, while playing out relations between the synagogue's Jewish leaders and the family of Muslim watchmen. Lukas develops his characters and their motivations effectively. The novel is a delight to read, and offers a hopeful vision of humans interacting with one another as humans and not categories.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I've completed nine hours of the readathon, and have stayed with one book, which I started today: Hadrian the Seventh. So far, I've avoided mainly distractions and have read 224 pages over six hours and fifty total minutes reading. Onward!
I'm jumping in again. I've done a better job of clearing my schedule today, and the family knows that I'll be occupied with with reading all day! I'm going to start with a new book, one on my TBR list: Hadrian the Seventh, a novel by Fr. Rolfe. Updates to follow!
Monday, April 23, 2018
Taylor Downing’s 1983: Reagan, Andropov, and a World on the Brink is a thrilling, frightening, and thought-provoking account of a period in history when the world came closest to nuclear annihilation. Through his descriptions of US and Soviet leadership, and events prior to, and during, 1983, what emerges is a picture of two sides who knew almost nothing about how the other side thought, and of simple misinterpretations and miscalculations that came disturbingly close to causing catastrophic events. Throughout the book, Downing does an outstanding job of explaining complex, difficult topics in a way that makes it easy for the lay person to understand and follow. Whether he is describing the events that led to the Soviets shooting down KAL 007, the spycraft of Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen, or the November 1983 war game “Able Archer” that almost led to nuclear war, Downing writes clearly, compellingly, and persuasively. He has managed to craft a careful and convincing argument about the importance and centrality of Able Archer and its consequences, while writing in a way that keeps the reader turning pages frantically. His discussion of the aftermath of Able Archer, and particularly of the relationship that develops between Reagan and Gorbachev, is measured and unsentimental. He does not offer a neat, tidy resolution to the narrative. He makes it clear that Reagan and Gorbachev missed opportunities for radical change and never agreed ultimately on the key issue of the “Star Wars” defense initiative. What the end of the book does strongly suggest is the importance of genuine intelligence, careful and objective analysis, and diplomacy that builds out from a solid understanding of the other side.
Friday, November 10, 2017
|1||Boswell, James||The Life of Samuel Johnson|
|2||Dos Passos, John||Manhattan Transfer|
|3||Dickens, Charles||Great Expectations|
|5||Cervantes, Miguel||Don Quixote|
|7||Gissing, George||New Grub Street|
|8||Forster, E. M.||A Passage to India|
|9||Faulkner, William||Absalom! Absalom!|
|9||Hawthorne, Nathaniel||The Marble Faun|
|11||Musil, Robert||The Man without Qualities|
|13||Lessing, Doris||The Golden Notebook|
|15||Mahfouz, Naguib||Palace Walk|
|16||Steinbeck, John||The Grapes of Wrath|
|17||Stendhal||Charterhouse of Parma|
|19||Trollope, Anthony||Barchester Towers|