Listened to a couple of interesting interviews with the author still a facinating story after all these years.
2016 50 Book Challenge - Page 130
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood
10. The Master and Margherita
11. The Fault in Our Stars
12. Of Mice and Men
13.Fade to Black
14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
16. Captains Courageous
17. A Brief History of Time
18. The Trial
19. Wind up Bird Chronicle
20. A Visit from the Goon Squad
22. Count Zero
24. Hell's Angels
25. Anansi Boys
27. A Hero of Our Time
28. Mona Lisa Overdrive
29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor
30. The Last Blues Dance
32. The Glass Canoe
33. The Lies of Locke Lamora
34. Handmaid's Tale
36. Museum of Innocence
38. The Ghost's Child
39. Picnic at Hanging Rock
41. Name of the Wind
42. Wise Man's Fear
43. A Million Little Pieces
44. The Promise
45. Father's Day
46. Swan Book
47. Red Seas under Red Skies
48. Republic of Thieves
I did not understand this book at all - or most of the stories/pieces. Maybe that was the intention of Borges - that the book forms a maze and confuses, disorients and plays with the reader, I don't know. Each separate chapter/story/piece was on a different topic - some obscure (like the naming of a secret society of men), some more human (a confession of a terrible betrayl), but there didn't seem, to me, to be much connecting each piece. Or much point in reading any of them.
I largely found the language laborious and spent a lot of my reading time quizzically staring at the page wondering what on Earth was the point. I often found my mind and eyes wandering - I really just could not find much to keep me reading this book at all, and very little reward for persevering. The pieces were not engaging me, the writing was obscure, bizarre and tiresome - both understated when things happened and overly florid when nothing was going on - very little seemed to be happening, moving or occurring.
I'm afriad to say I just don't know why this is considered a classic, or very good. Does someone want to explain it to me?
I feel sad that you 'didn't get' Borges I find him a) a good story teller b) erudite and wondrous. I wonder if a lot of the references are too obscure? Was that the problem?
I rate him along side Eco for me in terms of pleasure and enjoyment.
Try The Book of Sand which is actually in The Book of Sand,its a great story about compulsion, madness and mystery amongst other things one of my favourites.
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
A new Quinn Colson book is a treat to look forward to. Atkins has an authentic southern voice to his storytelling, and Colson is a great character to read. A war hero returned to his small town, he has taken over the job as sheriff from his deceased uncle. This book recycles all the characters previously introduced in the series, and moves the history along nicely. Atkins seems to have so many different stories that he needs to tell, they seem a bit rushed in this installment. I have faith that things will smooth out in the long run, and even so these are just so entertaining that I am willing to stay engaged just to see how things shake out. Worth reading, but read the series in order.
Klewless title 54/50
The Strangler’s Honeymoon by Hakan Nesser
Nesser’s long standing main character Inspector Van Veetren (VV) has retired and is now running a used book shop. Never out of the thought process of his former colleagues in the Maardam PD, he is called back into service to help solve a serial murder case that has stumped multiple departments. Nesser (or his translator) does a great job with this series, and the Dutch landscape plays a vivid part of the narrative. Another series that I can happily recommend.
Klewless title 55/50
Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri
Inspector Montalbano is at it again! These books are read in one sitting, and this one is no exception. Highly formulaic, but entertaining none the less. Montalbano is a bit older, but still on the job proving the backward zaniness that plagues Sicilian law enforcement efforts. This episode finds the Chief Inspector with a new love interest who enjoys the food at Enzo’s just as much as he does. Neatly wrapped up and bow tied at the end, the whodunit will not come as any surprise. These are great for killing a few hours, and do not have to be read in order of publication.
Badge of Honor- Det. Payne solves 2 cases and commits gross penis misconduct. However, the felon he's involved with just happens to succumb in a shoot out at the end of the book. 2 books, 2 dead girlfriends.
This one strained credulity even more than a normal thriller or other Griffin books. It weighs in at 578 pp, and unless you're reading the whole series, I wouldn't recommend it.
High Lonesome is the scene of a battle between Apaches; a man and his daughter traveling across the desert to start a new life; and a band of outlaw heading to Mexico after a very successful bank robbery. The outlaws choose to come to the aid of the settlers instead of continuing on their journey. The Apaches are driven off and only the man, daughter, and one of the outlaws remain. The daughter has fallen for the outlaw.
Pretty mediocre stuff.
54 The Defector A Gabriel Allon Thriller by Daniel Silva
The local library has had a rush on Nordic Noir and even the 2nd hand book shops have none on the shelves at present. So spy fiction not one of my majpr interestes but these are enttertaining and procedural. Any suggestions for further reading.
I've gotten a number of books for them at about $3 per, with shipping.
And I haven't even started on the remaining Louis L'Amours.