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A six month resurrection thread!
the resurrection thread is on the religion forum; permanently locked
Thomas Hardy -- "a long warm bath?" I couldn't agree more. Don't know how many times I drifted off to sleep in college trying to read one of his assigned novels. I just know there are subtleties I must have been missing, because people I respect really like him. I guess I lack the "appreciation of Hardy" gene. (sigh)
I know... personally I couldn't stand Tess herself. And even though that was forty years or so ago I'm still not tempted for a new go from an other angle...as it were.
I just noticed this thread ground to a halt years ago and I was the last one to post. Hmmmm....
So in the (forlorn) hope of kickstarting it back into life, here are
a couple of books I've just reread:
365 Days by Richard Glasser.
I first read this gut wrenching Vietnam 'faction' at least 40 years ago and it's good to escape America's current follies and return to one of its previoius disasters.
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
This was the re-read that primed me for the long trip back with Richard Glasser. He is a clever writer and these short stories are powerful. I don't think I could like him if I knew him though...
And since last posting here I've reread the 20 books of Patrick O'Brian's magnificent, wonderful, incomparable Aubrey/Maturin series. I could even start them all again!
[My computer just chucked a wobbly and thankfully I lost 100 words of embarrassing enthusiasm]
Anyway,maybe this thread will remain in the grave. I hope not!
It's up to youall now.....,
The Call Of The Wild I found just too too awful to even finish. I think it traumatised me for life and I've stayed clear of Jack London the way I stay clear of crocodiles. I don't really freak out about awfulness to people but I can't handle animals suffering. Wierd, eh?
Ring Of Bright Water by (I think) Garran?? Maxwell, written in mid 60s England, is an enthralling book and areal classic of a film. A writer seeks solitude in the NorthCountry and a wild otter becomes his closest companion and best friend (not counting his girlfriend!). It is supposedly true. And definately sublime. Do yourself a favour...
And good on you HardCandy420, for picking up the baton!
To recap since the last go round: some of my favorite books are Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Mother Night, We.
On to books I'm pretty sure I've read and re-read since April 9, 2014: Dan Simmons' Ilium and Olympos. There are ancient Trojans and Shakespearean horrors, Jovian cyborgs and ignorant eloi. And all of these are somehow woven together in a way that makes sense. It's rare to find a book with both great ideas and great writing.
In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders. A collection of short stories, which have in common the ways we delude others and ourselves. These range from neighborly squabbles to consumerist dystopias. Funny, chilling, and profound.
I'm not sure if a book this short "counts," but I've reread Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince every year or two, for ages. Same goes for Horton Hears a Who. Long after my kids were grown, whenever I ran across it I'd get pulled back into the poetry.
Also any short story collection by Asimov or Harlan Ellison.
Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged".
Obi Oracle of Cuban Santeria I - Ocha' ni LeLe
and in a similar vein to motherinlaw ...
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (books).
I particularly enjoy reading them aloud when having a bath.