The Big Book is a classic collection of Pulp stories that proves that this was once a nation of readers. The Pulp genre is often over-looked today as...moreThe Big Book is a classic collection of Pulp stories that proves that this was once a nation of readers. The Pulp genre is often over-looked today as and inadequate art form. the truth is that many of these stories out shine and have more merit than half of what gets printed today. As the government tells us that there is less illiteracy today, books like this prove that yesteryear we were smarter readers. This collection has a few Earle Stanley Gardener - creator of Perry Mason and a master of detective fiction. His contributions alone make this a must read book.(less)
The Code of the Woosters is another comic tale of Bertram “Bertie” Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. Like most good Jeeves novels, the action arises out...moreThe Code of the Woosters is another comic tale of Bertram “Bertie” Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. Like most good Jeeves novels, the action arises out of Jeeves boredom, looking to manipulate the upper classes for his amusement, then he steps in at the last minute and saves them from themselves. The plot involves a silver cow creamer, a demanding Aunt and the usual women looking to ensnare Bertie and his friends in marriage. This is the introduction to the great Roderick Spode, the British Fascist leader of the Black Shorts (all the good Shirt colors were already in use…)(less)
Tragic, frustrating, majestic, bewildering are all words I would use to describe this short story collection. I h...moreSay You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Tragic, frustrating, majestic, bewildering are all words I would use to describe this short story collection. I have never read so many sad tales that did not come out of Russian literature. This collection is breathtaking in so many ways that mere words do no justice. Akpan is a true artist that paints with words a world so tragically wrong that it bothers you to your core. To know that such a world exists shames us all. Yet the writing is so beautiful that you realize that you are reading great literature. Uwem Akpan is a Jesuit Priest and an obvious observer of the conflicts that ensnare his country and continent. This work will move you to tears, but there are so many deeply good people that you come away with hope for the future and hope that Akpan writes even more stories. It would be a shame for his talents to go to waste. He is a master storyteller and there simply needs to be work of this caliber available. The short story format has seen better days, too many low rent talent and not enough avenues for the works to be exposed, it is rare to see such a glaring amount of talent in the format from a new writer. I hope that this collection can revive the format that has fallen on hard times as of late. (less)
John Lennon, a fool believed by far too many, one wrote the words: “Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to...moreDefending Identity by Natan Sharansky
John Lennon, a fool believed by far too many, one wrote the words: “Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace
You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one “
In his plea for one world dominated by a socialist monster similar to that which dwelt in the Soviet Union, Lennon's fantasy utopia was a living hell for millions of people. Countless people crushed by the Utopian visions of their neighbors to root out all differences, whether it be religions, economic or philosophical seemed to not bother Lennon nor does it bother the vapid fans that endlessly name this song as their favorite. Natan Sharansky is a survivor of that world, identity and differences were the tools that enabled him to live in the Orwellian world of the Soviets. Sharansky was an active force in the Jewish immigration movement that eventually helped cause the internal decay of the Soviet Union that allowed Reagan and Thatcher to gibe the evil empire a dying kick. As a human rights activist, he helped other identity groups to organize and gain freedom as well. Ukrainians,, the Lithuanians and Georgians, the Catholics, Pentecostals, Crimean Tatars and others eventually joined the movement for freedom. It was the power of identity that kept these groups together and allowed them the support unit to continue in their bleakest moments. Those bleak moments are spreading to Israel, as the nation has embraced post-Zionist, post-nationalism liberalism as the main belief. Defending Identity is Sharansky's plea for the world to wake up to the harms of destroying our selves to capture Utopia. Written with humor, wit and vast intelligence, this book should shake you to to your core. Why are we rushing to eliminate our people-hood, and believe me, it is not just Israel that is experiencing this problem. In the United States, there are people that do not see the need for English as a common language, do not see the reasoning behind limiting the vote to non-felon legal citizens, do not see the need for border security nor do they even believe in the traditional melting-pot theory of the United States. Far too many people wish to emulate a dying Europe and refuse to see the need for the United States. The same is of course true throughout the world, whether it is the people in South Korea that want to unite under their Northern Brothers who live in a Concentration camp, those in the Republic of China that want to join Red-China under marshal law, those in Israel that want peace at the ultimate cost, all of these people are losing their identities. The lose of identity will proceed the loss of freedom. In Israel, as the nation is fighting a war for existence, there are those in leadership willing to sacrifice anything to appease the enemy at their door. Whether it be Barack offering all of Jerusalem, or Olmert offering all of Judea and Samaria, or Education ministers that wish to ignore the holocaust because it may lead to nationalistic stirrings in the youth, Sharansky's book should be required reading. This is a book that all should read, as was his books The Case for Democracy and Fear No Evil. Sharansky is a master at the craft of political writing and the warmth and humor found in his books help to dull the pain that he uncovers.This is a book that all should read, as was his books The Case for Democracy and Fear No Evil. Sharansky is a master at the craft of political writing and the warmth and humor found in his books help to dull the pain that he uncovers. (less)
Never has a piece of comic literature hit me as hard as this little book. Recounting the journey of a Jewish man caught up in the First World War as a...moreNever has a piece of comic literature hit me as hard as this little book. Recounting the journey of a Jewish man caught up in the First World War as a civilian in Germany. The book is his tale of journey through the country to provide a service for a widow and the people he meets along the way as he searches for a room. This comic tale is a subtle indictment against human egoism as it is a commentary on exile, loneliness and Zionism. The book was first written in Hebrew and now translated by Hillel Halkin into a beautifully strong English version.
I had never read any of Agnon’s works before this book. I now see that he deserves a place with the finest writers that are celebrated. This is the type of work I always wish Chabon would write, but rarely does he match this luminary from the past. One finds themselves traveling with the narrator as he encounters friends and family from his past in the most detached way.
What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from Geor...morePaper Lion by George Plimpton
What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton’s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider’s eye view of the making the team and playing in a game. The year was 1965, Alex Karras (the dad from Webster) has been suspended for betting on games. Karras is the only name I recognized, but others were quite famous in their time. The book is quite enjoyable, as the players were fun and the author an astute story-teller. This is a major classic that many are not reading, but I believe that many non-reading sports fans will find this book quite enjoyable. (less)