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message 1: by Kelly (last edited May 08, 2011 09:42PM) (new)

Kelly The life experiences that lead us to different works- whether that be music, art or books- is so so interesting to me. The webs of association are just so fascinating- Virginia Woolf is the only writer I've ever come across who expresses how amazing it is properly. Thanks for telling this story.

I have lots of songs and even art I associate with love affairs, but books? Surprisingly few. The one that stands out in my mind is the boy who read Arturo Perez-Reverte's Nautical Chart just because I told him he was just like the main character... and then left very soon afterwards in the most spectacularly assholish fashion possible. I always wondered a little bit if it was because he didn't like that character comparison.


message 2: by Brad (new)

Brad Please tell me there was no biting accident involved in that learning experience.


message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly ... Okay, now I'm kind of hoping for it. That would be an even better story! :)


message 4: by Brad (last edited May 08, 2011 09:44PM) (new)

Brad Kelly wrote: "I always wondered a little bit if it was because he didn't like that character comparison. ..." We're all so thin skinned, aren't we? At least the boys are. I think the personal stories are my favourite part of goodreads. They're always the reviews that matter most to me, so thanks, Kelly, cause I wasn't sure telling this tale was the best idea.


message 5: by Kelly (last edited May 08, 2011 09:56PM) (new)

Kelly I think the personal stories are my favourite part of goodreads. They're always the reviews that matter most to me, so thanks, Kelly, cause I wasn't sure telling this tale was the best idea.

Okay, A) I completely agree with you in your verdict on personal stories mattering the most here. Particularly when they are as well expressed as yours. We're completely on the same page. and B) I honestly think stories like of which we're not completely proud (and not in the "oh no, I was such a dork I read Star Wars!" way) are the most fascinating because I think they end up taking the most brain space and requiring the most thought to live with and to remember, which ends up making them way way more interesting stories that resonate beyond a surface level. Don't feel bad about telling this tale at all. If its people getting judgey with you you're worried about, how many people REALLY have room to judge on the subject of love affairs? Not many. I totally recognize at least some of what you're describing.


message 6: by ♥Xeni♥ (new)

♥Xeni♥ Thanks Brad, for posting this. It's sometimes even more important WHY we picked up a book, rather than what we thought of it. I've got a couple of books in my collection like that (although I can't think of any right now) and whenever I stumble across one of those again, I feel like I've been transported back into my own history, either for good or for worse.

Loved reading your review/story! You always bring something new into your reviews, which make them so wonderful to read!


message 7: by Brad (new)

Brad Thanks, Kelly. I love your "B." And thanks to you too, <3Xeni<3. Like you I think the "why" is often the more interesting.


message 8: by mark (new)

mark monday i once broke up with someone because she was an ardent follower of ayn rand. it just started bothering me more and more. mind you, this was in college when i was much more obnoxiously political.

then she turned around and started dating my roommate: sweet revenge, and a fitting response from an Objectivist!


message 9: by Brad (new)

Brad hahahaha! no doubt ... perfectly fitting response. gotta appreciate that at least a little.


message 10: by Joel (new)

Joel Hell, she even makes rape seem acceptable (ish).

disagree, but i do think this is a very entertaining book. even if you despise objectivism.


message 11: by Brad (new)

Brad Sherri wrote: "One other thing -- I do think that when in the grip and spell of a book, the most appalling things can be, for at least a few seconds, acceptable or at least ignorable...."

Yes! I feel that way too. And I'm glad there was no biting. That's something, no matter what end of it I might happen to be on, that would scar me forever.

Thanks, Brian. I wonder if I can even handle some of Atlas Shrugged. Have you ever read that, Joel? Is it worth a go?


message 12: by Brad (new)

Brad Well, it sits there over my shoulder on the shelf, taunting me, so I will get to it someday. I love things that are randy, by the way.


message 13: by Joel (new)

Joel i haven't read atlas shrugged though i have a thrift store copy around (never buy rand at the bookstore!). i'm sure i would "enjoy" it the same way i did the fountainhead, but it's pretty much the equivalent of five normal books so...


message 14: by Eball (new)

Eball I read Ayn's books many years ago (60s); Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead. At that time in my life I found both books thought provoking and (for that time period) ahead of their time. If I am not mistaken (forgetful in old age), she also wrote a good book titled Anthem. Being out of you other critics age group, you can just ignor the rantings of an old lady LOL. Aunt Elaine


message 15: by Heather (new)

Heather Mize Agree with Kelly's Part B above and like the person stories. I often ponder at the web of why we choose what we choose. It's fascinating. Even the order in which we read books is affecting. Ah, the things that keep me awake at night...lol


message 16: by Heather (new)

Heather Mize personal stories...haha...not person stories.


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