Books, Books, … Lots of Books

If you’re wondering, my braces are doing just fine. Maybe I’ll even take a picture and show you one of these days.

With all the snow days, long weekends, and time to listen to audiobooks (if you count that), these are the books I have read in the last week or two. I have officially added them to my list – up there at the top of this page.

  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder – 1927). A look back at the lives of five people who die in a (fictional) Peruvian bridge collapse.
  • “The Theban Plays” (Sophocles – 5th century BC). Three of the few plays which survive: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.
  • Catch 22 (Joseph Heller – 1961). A satire of the American military (or war, in general) during World War II.  By the way, the movie closely follows the script. I was impressed!
  • “Purgatorio” and “Paradiso” (Dante Alighieri – early 1300s). The final two parts of The Divine Comedy, in which the author is guided by various deceased figures through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, in order that he can re-join the correct life path.
  • The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern – 2011). A very entertaining fantasy (fairy tale?) about a 19th century Victorian circus that magically appears at night, and two performers who are bound against each other in a deadly competition neither understands.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman – 2013). A man visits his childhood home and recalls events from his childhood when supernatural beings gained access to the world. The pond (“the ocean”) behind the neighbor’s house was a place to avoid the perils that resulted.

Next: Neil Gaiman’s “Ananzi Boys” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle.”

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4 thoughts on “Books, Books, … Lots of Books

  1. Yes, let’s see a picture!
    I haven’t read any of those books, and really, I think I’ve only heard of “Catch 22” and “Paradiso”. How was the 2013 one- interesting?

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