Good Books? Entertainment and Hobbies

  • View author's info posted on Jun 25, 2006 at 20:31


    beautynbrains4u write:
    Anyone read James Joyce, Ulysses? I haven't, but I see it described often as one of the greatest works of literature.


    Read it in college. Some find it difficult, but if you can find the cadence you will enjoy it. Epic, in one word.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 25, 2006 at 11:43


    Anyone read James Joyce, Ulysses? I haven't, but I see it described often as one of the greatest works of literature.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 25, 2006 at 06:03


    BlueEyz2006 write:
    If you read "The Cave", don't expect a thrilling ride but it's a beautifully crafted story, more like "A River Runs Through It" type descriptions of a family in a rural Spanish town and their interactions with a sprawling urban center changing their lives until they come to realize the philosophical implications of moving to the big city.

    I think I would enjoy that very much. It sounds similiar to one of my favs, "Pillars of the Earth".
  • View author's info posted on Jun 23, 2006 at 17:11


    If you read "The Cave", don't expect a thrilling ride but it's a beautifully crafted story, more like "A River Runs Through It" type descriptions of a family in a rural Spanish town and their interactions with a sprawling urban center changing their lives until they come to realize the philosophical implications of moving to the big city.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 23, 2006 at 02:16


    BlueEyz2006 write:
    RapturousRed write:

    And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!


    Jose Saramago is the Pulitzer Prize winning Portuguese author who has written a number of relatively short books that are really more like works of art than novels. His one novel "Blindness" is as much a contemporary American thriller as anything Dan Brown has written, but his other books like "All the Names" or "The Cave" are far more philosophical stories commenting brilliantly upon the human condition. I think the beauty of his books are the prose that he writes because it is so descriptive it borders on poetry. Don't expect a thrill ride (except "Blindness") but definitely expect to think.

    Outstanding synopsis, blue! I think I'd like both! Which should I read first,
    "All the Names" or "The Cave". By title only, "The Cave" sounds most intriguing to me.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 22, 2006 at 20:56


    RapturousRed write:

    And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!


    Jose Saramago is the Pulitzer Prize winning Portuguese author who has written a number of relatively short books that are really more like works of art than novels. His one novel "Blindness" is as much a contemporary American thriller as anything Dan Brown has written, but his other books like "All the Names" or "The Cave" are far more philosophical stories commenting brilliantly upon the human condition. I think the beauty of his books are the prose that he writes because it is so descriptive it borders on poetry. Don't expect a thrill ride (except "Blindness") but definitely expect to think.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 20, 2006 at 08:57


    Great thread!

    I haven't read David Sedaris Seattle, but I have his book, Me talk pretty one day. Handed down by both my kids, who loved it. I'll have to read it.

    Just got a book out of the library, 1001 books you must read before you die by Peter Boxall copyright 2006. It's a great book, lots of classics but many books I've never heard of.

    Reading now (again): The collected short stories of Dorothy Parker.

    So many books but a few good ones that come to mind:
    The things they carried, Tim Obrien

    Anna Karnenina, Tolstoy

    Tales of a female Nomad, Rita Gelman

    In Exile from the land of snows, John Avedon .

    The River at the center of the world, Simon Winchester.

    I want to read next, Night, by Elie Wiesel.

    Anybody a foreign film buff??
  • View author's info posted on Jun 20, 2006 at 08:45


    David Sedaris is hilarious and writes about his eccentric family, relationships and experiences which while ordinary are anything but when he retells them. He does live performances which, I have been told, are extremely entertaining. You can also listen to him on the npr program, this american life. You will LOL, when you hear or read his work.

    Will let Blue fill you in on Jose Saramago as he has actually read him. If you are curious there is a good bio on wiki.

    Enjoy!
  • View author's info posted on Jun 20, 2006 at 02:07


    One of my all-time favorites:
    'Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet.
    Another all-time fav is "The Art of Loving", by can't remember who (some very old guy), sorry, but full of insight. Update: Remembered his name: Eric Fromme

    Recently finished "Angels & Demons" (predessor to the ever popular "DaVinci Code"). Also have (finally) "DaVinci Code and Colin Powell's book on leadership in front of me. And before that the last of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series.

    Always at least one book on the table top. There's a little one that sits there that I occassionally open to a random page, as a 'thought for the day', called "50 Things That Really Matter".


    I see two recommendations for David Sedaris. Tell me more - what does he write about? What's his style like?
    And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!
  • View author's info posted on Jun 18, 2006 at 11:57


    ElizabethJnyny write:
    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

    Love it!


    How can you beat nuns and basketball? John Irving is a great author and that was a really well done book.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 17, 2006 at 05:07


    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

    Love it!
  • View author's info posted on Jun 16, 2006 at 11:56


    seattlesunshine write:
    Great list! The Jose Saramago books are on my summer reading list. How did you find the translations?

    Others recently read:

    The Way to Love, Anthony de Mello

    Passionate Marriage, David Schnarch

    Q, Luther Blissett

    Queen of Dreams, Divakaruni

    The Inner Voice of Love, Nouwen

    Radical Healing, R. Ballentine, MD

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim, David Sedaris

    If only David Sedaris would write another book, my summer reading list would be perfect!


    I agree, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" was hilarious -- I saw Sedaris here a year or two ago and he was brilliant. I'll have to check out the books you recommended. Saramago's translations were excellent and his prose is poetic. Don't judge him only on "Blindness" which is great in its own right but very different from his other books.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 14, 2006 at 18:22


    Great list! The Jose Saramago books are on my summer reading list. How did you find the translations?

    Others recently read:

    The Way to Love, Anthony de Mello

    Passionate Marriage, David Schnarch

    Q, Luther Blissett

    Queen of Dreams, Divakaruni

    The Inner Voice of Love, Nouwen

    Radical Healing, R. Ballentine, MD

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim, David Sedaris

    If only David Sedaris would write another book, my summer reading list would be perfect!
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