Sometimes I'm surprised by what I find in my own little library. I've tried to make a list of everything I own, (goodreads has helped with that endeavSometimes I'm surprised by what I find in my own little library. I've tried to make a list of everything I own, (goodreads has helped with that endeavor) but I have so far failed at being complete. The Last of the Savages is one of those curious books, I found it the other week. I don't remember buying it, nor why, but the sticker on the back revealed that I had bought it used at a Long's Drug store. Not my typical place to purchase books, so another surprise. Perhaps I picked it up because it was something outside of the more commonly found romance or crime thriller book. In any case I am glad I did, and that I gave the book a chance.
This may be the best written book I've read all year. There's subtly, surprise and not a lot of gimmick. It's a book that you read and think this writer is someone who will be remembered. But honestly I haven't heard of Jay McInerney before, and now feel like I had missed him somehow. I will definitely look for more of his books.
The book is about male friendship, two young boys meet at a prep school. One aspires to rise above his roots and wishes he had the background of his roommate Will Savage, who is from an established Southern family who wants to not just shake things, up but to tear it apart. These two are opposites and yet they remain friends through three decades, the 60's through the 80's. History is weaved well into the story and the switching of time from present to remembrances is well done. A lot goes on in the book, and the way it is told could easily have been confusing or gone awry, but McInerery is someone who knows the craft of writing and tells a good tale. ...more
I loved how the author kept this fiction as close to fact as possible. It's absolutely amazing what they did in the Nevada desert testing nuclear bombI loved how the author kept this fiction as close to fact as possible. It's absolutely amazing what they did in the Nevada desert testing nuclear bombs, and this book covers just one series - the Upshot-Knothole which was 11 bombs dropped onto southern Nevada soil, with all the fallout, during March to June 1953. Amazing how many and how frequent!
Each chapter has a story from a different character point of view, different type of job all surrounding this series: reporter, secretary, 12-year old future vet, radiation specialist, FBI agent posed as bartender, mother who is outside during the raining fallout in Utah, soldier sent out in the trenches at ground zero, and a scientist who wonders if this is all worth it, just some of the characters. Their stories occasionally overlap, and most are patriotic and are all for the testing thinking it will help us beat the commies. Perhaps it did. ...more
Can't believe how quickly I read this book. It was quite an enjoyable read and the language was simple, so indeed it was a fast read.
The main characteCan't believe how quickly I read this book. It was quite an enjoyable read and the language was simple, so indeed it was a fast read.
The main character, Don Tillman has Asperger's but has never realized it. He is a very organized person that has difficulty with social interactions, but he does want a life partner and starts a Wife Project. He has two friends that are psychologists, a married couple Gene and Claudia, that help him. Gene sends Rosie to meet Don and suddenly things get a little crazy. Even though Rosie clearly doesn't meet the criteria for the Wife Project Don wants to help with her own problem of figuring out who her biological Dad is, and they embark on the Father Project.
A light hearted, humorous tale, a romantic comedy! Good fun.
An interesting book. A great book. Too bad all books aren’t so well written; then again if they were I’d get even less stuff done. This Steinbeck bookAn interesting book. A great book. Too bad all books aren’t so well written; then again if they were I’d get even less stuff done. This Steinbeck book is fairly focused on one main character, although there were a few moments when Ethan Allen Hawley was not the point-of-view. The book is during Ethan’s transformation, perhaps brought on by Mrs. Margie Young-Hunt and her tarot cards and influence. Or brought on by other means? Ethan always plays it straight, or really not, as he jokes around quite frequently, especially with his dear wife Mary. The word silly is used generously throughout.
Some surprising moments contained philosophizing and commentary on society….. as East of Eden was a tale about good and evil, this one is a tale of morality, about cheating. Is it okay if everyone does it? ...more
I loved the language in this book, loved the writing style. It was a sad story, I cried while reading it. Perhaps I was too caught up with the story,I loved the language in this book, loved the writing style. It was a sad story, I cried while reading it. Perhaps I was too caught up with the story, I don't cry very often with books, but this one really moved me.
The story takes place in Early America, the mid to late 1700's as the country is beginning. There aren't many characters in the story, mainly a father, his young daughter Tabitha, the wife who died in childbirth Helen and her father Asa, along with Moll, a slave that was given to a young Helen who was just slighter older. The story is mainly about the father and daughter of the different generations. Helen's own mother died in childbirth as well. John had been a pirate then a soldier in the Revolutionary War, so these topics play in the story, as well as slavery and some of the difficulties....more
Compelling and contemplative. The book takes place over a day, with many moments of reflection and memories. This is a moody novel, slow paced and witCompelling and contemplative. The book takes place over a day, with many moments of reflection and memories. This is a moody novel, slow paced and without much of a plot. We slowly learn who the narrator is, although he remain unnamed. Where he grew up is referred to only as the desert and the city he now resides, where he traveled to suddenly one day, without thought, is only referred to as an old European city. However, one can deduce the place is likely based on Istanbul due to certain aspects mentioned in the story.
Although the novel is short it is thick on detail and substance. Even though I just read the book, I'm sure I will reread it again. This is one you can revisit and glean more out of the pages. The following quote is only one aspect of the story:
"So, what she said about noticing a place on the day you move in and out was, I supposed, a general comment about arriving and departing, connecting and separating. And I supposed that what she meant was that one's identity while one lives in a place is inextricable from that place. And only when the self perceives the place as separate does one see it as it truly is."...more