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.
So stuck between the putrification and mysticism of Book Seven we have an equally incredible scene. Ratikin–the squirrelly little seminarian–talks Aloysha into going over to visit Grushenka. From a plot standpoint, I think this is perfect because it puts some space between the scenes taking place next to the Starets body. Even with that, we … Continue reading Book Seven Extra: Grushenka and Alyosha
Book Seven is the one where Dostoevsky dragged out the big guns. There are some big happenings in this section, and each of them laced with the dark humor that is at the core of this book. As noted previously, the Starets died in the last section. In this section, his body is on display … Continue reading Book Seven: Putrification to mystical transcendence
Father Zosima has died. And this part starts with the monks performing their rituals and such for the dead starets. And all of a sudden, the monks start to notice something. They side-eye each other, the nudge each other with their elbows trying to say…do you notice that too? Of course they do. Apparently the … Continue reading Karamazov Brothers Book Seven: What’s that smell?
Book Six is actually fairly short. And at first seems completely random. (I feel like I am back reading Infinite Jest!) But, Dostoyevsky did not get to be a big time classic writer for nothing. Basically this section is Alyosha’s recounting of Father Zosima’s life. As with the Grand Inquisitor, Dostoyevsky basically uses Alyosha as … Continue reading Karamazov Brothers Book Six: This guy knows what he is doing