As you can see from Barb’s intro, reading brought us together. For what it is worth, I didn’t really like the Tom Robbins I was reading when she reached out to me. Here’s a picture of me reading when Barb and I were on vacation. For the record, I am reading Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck, which is better than you might think it would be.
We’re hoping this blog finds readers who like discussions about books. From time to time, something else might find its way in, but more or less we’re here to talk about our love of reading. I don’t have a kindergarten story like Barb, but I will tell you that my gateway drug was Matt Christopher’s books about sports. I read each one of them in the Conneaut School library, probably more than once and always when I was supposed to be asleep.
I should start this with a bit of an introduction …I’m Barb Fischer. I’ve always been an avid reader. The word on the street is that when I went with my mom to meet my kindergarten teacher for the first time I told her that I only wanted to go to school to learn to read. Then I spent another 16 years in school and got an English degree.
The way my husband and I met was online – a dating site, yes! His ‘one of the reasons you should message me’ was: if you want to know what I am reading. I took the bait and asked what he was reading – it was Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, (if you are interested). I was reading my first and last Philip Roth book. And yadda yadda yadda….we got married!
After we got back from our honeymoon, we started a ‘reading project’ (I guess that sounds better than a two-person book club). We decided to read book that no one usually does (but says that they do). We blogged about the experience and I really enjoyed it. So we figured that a blog about books and reading in general (and other stuff too, maybe!) would be kind of cool.
The most surprising thing about this book is that I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. It is extremely readable and understandable. And, even more surprising, it’s funny. Ok, I mean parts are funny – it’s not like it’s a comedic book. I think that one of the masterful things about art … Continue reading Brothers Karamazov: Thoughts
As much as I enjoyed the book, I was not looking for a verbose epilogue. And, I should have trusted Dostoyevsky in this regard, since he has been pretty good at pacing up until now. In the final 25-ish pages we get (most of) the threads of the story tied up. There is an elaborate … Continue reading Brothers Karamazov: Epilogue – tying up loose ends
So, book challenge #3 has been completed. The Brothers Karamazov has joined War and Peace and Infinite Jest on the list of conquered unreadable books. There will be another post answering the seminal question of whether everything you need to know is contained within its pages, as asserted by Kurt Vonnegut. For now, a few … Continue reading It was good for me.
The guts of the book are done. The long saga of the Karamazov brothers has reached its conclusion. This is a very difficult section to summarize because it is chock-full of stuff. No matter how you want to read this book–as a procedural, as a tragedy. as social criticism or as a psychological study–the trial … Continue reading Chapter 12: The Verdict