… are a serious inconvenience not just for blogging, but for basically everything. Have you ever tried washing your hair with one hand? Button a shirt? Tie your shoes? For the past two weeks, I have basically just been moping about, feeling sorry for myself, missing all of the blogging fun. I really wanted to write a few more reviews for German Literature Month. Caroline, I’m sorry I didn’t get up my review of Alles Umsonst (All for Nothing). I completely agree with what you said about the book, and I’m looking forward to your selections for next year’s Literature and War Readalong.
For the rest of the year, I just plan to read, both my books and your reviews. But I hope to be back in full force in 2017. Until then, I leave you with some quick reviews of great books I’ve listened to over the past few weeks.
I read The Reader when it was first published about 20 years ago. We had multiple copies of it at home, because my mom, my sister, and I all wanted to read it at the same time and no one wanted to wait. It was a worthy investment, because we were all very affected by it. It was the first book that I read that humanized a person who collaborated with the Nazis. Since this person’s motives can never be fully explained because of the story’s setup, the book has stayed, and will continue to stay, with me. It is masterfully done, in my opinion. My “re-read” of this book was just as moving as my first encounter with it, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Ruth Park’s Swords and Crowns and Rings was Brona’s readalong pick for this year’s AusReading Month. What a glorious book! It is the story of two childhood friends, Cushie, the daughter of a well-situated family, and Jackie, a dwarf living next door, who know early on how much they mean to each other. But circumstances work against them, they lose sight of each other, and it is years until they are finally reunited. What makes this not-unusual story so special is the backdrop of Australia during the Great Depression. And, as I have already told Brona, the audio version is not just a reading. It’s a performance, and I loved every minute of it.
Fifteen Dogs is yet another book I’ve picked up because of Naomi, and once again, I have not been disappointed. Because of a bet made by the Greek Gods, fifteen dogs are given human consciousness to see if they can be happy. It is a witty and funny story that is narrated by Alexis himself. I can understand why some people didn’t enjoy this book because dogs die, but it didn’t bother me. I think the points Alexis makes about human nature, and the way he makes them, far outweigh the appearance of death. If you think that it is funny that a religious human being thinks of God as all-knowing, but a religious dog thinks of God as not being led by any thought, and both coming to complete opposite conclusions by the same logic, then this book is for you.
Enjoy the holiday season, my friends!