Thread: What'cha Reading?
04-03-2009, 12:40 AM #501
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04-05-2009, 10:47 PM #502
Loser by Jerry Spinelli: Will Spinelli ever stop making me cry? Probably not. I was pleasantly surprised that the concept of a kid who isn't good at anything isn't oversold- he's still believable in his cheerfulness and persistance and social pariahness. 8/10
China Boy by Gus Lee: Eh, I gave up after slogging half of the way through. Impressive descriptive phrases aside, this novel is entirely tedious. Where's the plot arc? The protagonist comes off as a pasty, indolent child, spoiled soft by his position as the only son (born after three older sisters) of a Chinese couple relocated to San Francisco after the Cultural Revolution. So what he has an almost-comically evil white stepmother? So what the author seeks to create a vibrant '50s hood? It's put to no use and the protagonist is a whiny wimp. What is amazing about children, what is amazing about cultural clash/immigrants- is adaptation. A character who adapts to nothing = useless. Would be much more interesting from the perspective of one of the sisters. 3/10
04-06-2009, 01:43 AM #503
re reading the bluest eye (mostly because I have to give an oral presentation on Toni Morrison, in two weeks), and I'm noticing things I didn't before, especially since I know the ending. I usually hate re reading, but for some reason I'm enjoying this.Perfectly robust chickens
Run laps a lot
Pee on the garden
Leap over fences
Cock is a word for rooster
Hen is a type of chicken?
Kit kats are good
Nice chickens don't belong in the
04-06-2009, 07:32 PM #504
Romeo and Juliet--Together (And Alive!) At Last by Avi Cute.
Phoenix: Future (Volume 2) by Osamu Tezuka. Oh boy, Tezuka tackles evolution and monotheism and naturalism/environmentalism and whatever-ism it is that says the universe is a living/sentient being (animism?)- and mashes them all up into one big mind-boggling whole. My brain hurts. I've the first few volumes of Buddha without much impression, so this is the first time I've started to understand why he's considered such a great. His scope is magnificent-crazy- encompassing the small individual to the whole of creation in such a limited medium. Not sure I actually *like* it though, in that the "love story" between Masato and his moopy (Tamami) is entirely a plot device and never explained or expanded upon. After all that, Masato just seems to always want to escape to this "perfect" love who can grant him the illusions of all his desires. He doesn't learn much at all, except that he is not sole guardian to his own fate. And still the cycle moves on, inexorably, guided by the Phoenix. We must be our own little cell in the system. I guess I can't really judge by a single volume because it's the whole picture that's supposed to make sense.
And from the feminist perspective: the perfect woman is pet alien who takes any form you want and takes you away to dreamland. *Sigh* And for her, Masato basically, kinda, catalyzes the destruction of humankind. Eh, at least Dr. Saruta and his Robita are kinda awesome though.
Oh this is going to sound vapid, but it's a bit like a crazy inverted Sex in the City, isn't it? I'm sure there's a better metaphor not available in my cultural know-how, but there you go (Thelma and Louise, maybe?). A fellowship of women... chopping up bodies! And I do sort of cheer them on despite myself. Definitely need to reread this. Makes you wonder though. Is it too sensationalist you think? People *are* definitely driven to what we'd think is outrageous though- the circumstances sometimes just align and makes the bizarre logical. Guess that's what makes stuff like this powerful- needs to retain believability.
04-06-2009, 07:35 PM #505
"A Farewell to Alms" - about economic history"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."
04-07-2009, 12:42 AM #506
I'm in the middle of The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard. So far it's been like having my own thoughts repeated back to me in a clarified, Christianized form.
04-07-2009, 02:58 AM #507
I'm reading quite a few books now (not the most efficient).
Audrey Niffenegger's The time Traveler's wife, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Peter Englund's Queen Christina, Georges Bataille's Inner Experience and these couple of others in my native language, suspect they are not translated though.
04-12-2009, 07:59 PM #508"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce
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04-12-2009, 08:07 PM #509SnifflesGuest
H. Stuart Hughs - The Obstructed Path: French Social Thought in the Years of Desperation 1930-1960
Very interesting book.
04-12-2009, 08:13 PM #510
Travels With Alice by Calvin Trillen (sp?). TAU!REAUX! PI!SCINE!"Only an irrational dumbass, would burn Jews." - Jaguar
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