Books Recently Read

OK, I’ve started a lot of books but have not managed to complete them. Now, however, in the recent few weeks I’ve actually completed two books!

They’re both novels. I think my problem has been that I tend to pick heavyweight books in politics, science, philosophy, religion, etc., which by their nature are not “page turners”. I wade into these tomes and often get bogged down, then put them aside.

Ah, but in the case of Ken Follett’s “World Without End” I stuck with it to the very end, all 1014 pages of it! This book was indeed a page turner. The characters may have been two-dimensional but I was fascinated by them anyway. The story, or stories and developments, were exciting throughout, if somewhat improbable. I do believe one got a good feel for life in the 1300’s though, black death and all.

The second book I finished, this one just a few days ago, was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This a beautiful, heart-rendering book about an emigre from Afghanistan and his relationship with his boyhood friend. The themes of racism, agonizing love, betrayal, and the reality of Afghanistan are woven together in an intricate fabric. Improbable coincidences do happen but after all, at basis this is a story and a wonderfully powerful one.

I’d recommend each of these books if you want to take a break from blogging for a bit and curl up with a good book by the fire.

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  1. ThomasLB’s avatar

    The last good book I read was Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell. You can read about it here. It sounds very high-brow in the reviews, but it was really very easy to read and very enjoyable.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    I checked the link you gave, ThomasLB, and the book sounds fascinating. I’ll have to look into it some more. I like Stephen Mitchell and have his selected poetry of Rilke translation.

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