- Fredericksburg, VA
- member since July 11, 2007
OMG PLEASE keep reading Cloud Atlas! It is one of those books that if I hadn't needed to read it for school I might have put it down after the first 20 pages...however you have to get past that first section. Believe me, I think you'll find that it is worth it! If nothing else, by the end you'll be impressed by what David Mitchell tried to do...but I think he does it pretty well!
Actually, the Ben Franklin is just for fun. There's this tour guide who is a Ben Franklin impersonator who comes into the Capitol a lot, and I offended him last time by asking him why he was in the Capitol if he died in 1790 and the Capitol's cornerstone wasn't laid until 1793. So I'm reading a book about him to make amends.
She did tell me that! She said the exact same thing about catching up with you. :)
What did you think of Room?
I know what you mean about Guterson and I am going to be optimistic--but so far into chapter one it has the tinny feel, the pastiche of 'fiction' or literary-ness--do you know what I mean?--and it has the tawdy feel to it too--the kind when the male character is already thinking with his...pants. He's two-dimensional. But this is only chapter one and since I've read Oedipus Rex, I know that this is all preamble, warm-up, and set up. My wife tells me that Oprah Magazine is raving about the novel so with an endorsement like that, it doesn't really matter what I think.
I'm so glad he's doing better. Strokes are horrifying.
I'm sorry it took me so long to reply to this, but I wanted to wait until grades came back to tell you that I would have loved the class, except the professor was a pompous blowhard (because if you google my email address this site comes up). He really and truly fit every stereotype of a bad college professor, which is a bummer because the class could have been really cool if he hadn't felt the need to prove that he knew more than we did about every subject, even when he really didn't know anything. I honestly thought I was going to fail the class because he graded our papers so hard -- I think grade inflation had quite a bit to do with my A-, which annoys me, too. But oh well. I got the credit and it's over. :)
The Faust book was the best one in the class. I really liked it, and I think Mr. Nav will, too. :)
The class is called "The Other Civil War: Fighting on the Fringes," and the teacher says it's about "the un-sexy side of the Civil War" (whereas I say it's about the boring stuff nobody cares about).
Which one did he request?
Also, and more importantly, how is he doing now? How are YOU doing?
I somehow figured out to access this account so I'm rolling with it...
The Book of Lost Things? Eek. I was so bored!
And I think the reason I didn't like Mudbound more is because I read it immediately after reading The Help...I feel like The Help outshines Mudbound...
Maybe if I'd read MB first and TH second I'd think differently?
Yea im trying to finish it this week after I finish the last of my summer assignments. Im really interested and moved by what I've read so far though. Im sure theres are some scary similarity between the two because he's always mentioning things about his parents and what he thinks they think and how they are trying to help.