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The Sympathizer

30 Jul 2017

Again on my search for things to read I went back to books that have won prizes and came up with The Sympathizer the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A story told with a nonlinear timeline, unfolding details about who and what the narrator is, a fiction which could very well have been fact. The language is literary almost too at fault at times. Yet the overall piece once everything is unfolded makes complete sense given all you learn.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Handmaid's Tale

30 May 2017

Taya started watching the Hulu show based on this book, and before I wanted to watch it I had to read the book, so I picked up The Handmaid's Tale and got to work. Due to recent developments in politics, this book as well as 1984 are once again best sellers, and after having read this one I can understand why.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Lullaby

22 May 2017

Chuck Palahniuk is one weird dude, I knew that after reading Fight Club. Reading Lullaby has solidified my opinion. Describing this book would be a spoiler, but I am not sure what else to do. Lullaby is about the magical and the mundane, both literally. I laughed a lot, but that is more indicitive of my personality that the character of the book.

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The Drawing of the Three

16 May 2017

I guess I am reading the Dark Tower series now, so this was the second installment, The Drawing of the Three. Having enjoyed the first book, but armed with the knowledge that they only get better, I dove into this supremely strange book. Part of my plan was to get through most of these books before seeing the movie, and based on my current pace I might get through one or two more.

Reading Time: 1 minute

The Sellout

30 Mar 2017

Winner of the Man Booker Prize, The Sellout is an hilarous, irreverent novel set in roughly present day southern California. This is really a hard book to describe. I could give you a plot summary, but that wouldn't really capture what the book is about. The short version is that you really should read this book, and let yourself laugh even if for some reason you don't think you should.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

10 Mar 2017

Written by the author of Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals is the next step in a philosophical system based on quality. This is the metaphysics that was missing from the former book. I feel the latter book stands by itself, but to really grasp what is going on it certainly was helpful to have read the first book.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

23 Jan 2017

Every once in a while a book comes along that many people talk about wanting to read or bragging about having read and I often find it hard to get myself excited to read them. Capital in the Twenty-First Century has come up in various discussions, radio programs, and articles over the past couple years. I have a background in economics and an interest in books that take very long term perspectives so this naturally made it on to my reading list. I have been putting it off for a while and finally just decided that it was time to get down to it. An exceptional book if only for the reason that he made the effort to collect the data and put forth a systematic analysis of wealth and income inequality throughout the world and over a span of more than 200 years. His interpretations of the data are not necessarily full-proof nor are his moral assumptions strictly universal, but this does not detract from a great piece of scholarly work.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Country of My Skull

13 Dec 2016

Country of My Skull is a very good book both in content and style. I had never heard about the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) or maybe I had but did not remember the details well enough. We went to the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg and I made an offhand remark while watching one of the video clips that I found this TRC thing to be interesting. Taya was shocked at my lack of knowledge about it and thus recommended I read Country of My Skull as a good overview of both the TRC as well as to fill in more details about the fall of Apartheid.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

02 Nov 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed Guns, Germs, and Steel as it presented a narrative that was based on the entirety of human history. This long time frame approach is appealing when I approach the subject of history because most other time slices seem to be artifical. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind similarly takes this very long view in an attempt to cover the entire history of the human race starting with early homonids and progressing to an undestanding of how homo sapiens specifically has taken over the world.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Color of Magic

22 Sep 2016

I was recommended to read one of the books in this series, so I chose the first one, The Color of Magic. It is super weird. I am not really sure how I feel about it to be honest. There were large chunks that just made no sense. I mean that I understood what the author was trying to do, but the random introduction of arbitrary concepts did not add to my enjoyment of the story.

Reading Time: 1 minute