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All That Man Is by David Szalay
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First 3 chapters are pretty crude. Almost stopped reading it. The last two chapters were much better with characters approaching the ends of their lives of power and influence. The themes in these chapters were much more interesting.
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Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
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Great book to read at the beach during the summer. Well written, story moves along briskly good characters. Nice resolve at the end. A favorite quote from the book: "Mimi says wounds can sing a beguiling song, and for Will—who from boyhood felt compe ...more
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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
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Some great descriptive writing but a very baffling book to understand. Three stories which are each about grief due to death of a loved one all set in the High Mountains of Portugal. Life of Pi was equally as baffling but was cleverly resolved at the ...more
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The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
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I read this about two years ago. It was slow going at the start and a bit confusing with several characters but about half way through it picks up and I enjoyed the last half of the book. The characters are well developed and the story is intriguing. ...more
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Wendell Berry
“…For many years now, that way of living has been scorned, and over the last 40 or 50 years it has nearly disappeared. Even so, there was nothing wrong with it. It was an economy directly founded on the land, on the power of the sun, on thrift and skill and on the people’s competence to take care of themselves. They had become dependent to some extent on manufactured goods, but as long as they stayed on their farms and made use of the great knowledge that they possessed, they could have survived foreseeable calamities that their less resourceful descendants could not survive. Now that we have come to the end of the era of cheap petroleum which fostered so great a forgetfulness, I see that we could have continued that thrifty old life fairly comfortably – could even have improved it. Now, we will have to return to it, or to a life necessarily as careful, and we will do so only uncomfortably and with much distress. Increasingly over the last maybe forty years, the thought has come to me that the old world, in which our people lived by the work of their hands, close to weather and earth, plants and animals, was the true world. And that the new world of cheap energy and ever cheaper money, honored greed and dreams of liberation from every restraint, is mostly theater. This new world seems a jumble of scenery and props never quite believable. An economy of fantasies and moods, in which it is hard to remember either the timely world of nature, or the eternal world of the prophets and poets. And I fear, I believe I know, that the doom of the older world I knew as a boy will finally afflict the new one that replaced it. The world I knew as a boy was flawed surely, but it was substantial and authentic. The households of my grandparents seemed to breathe forth a sense of the real cost and worth of things. Whatever came, came by somebody’s work.”
Wendell Berry, Andy Catlett: Early Travels

Wendell Berry
“[My grandfather] returned to what he called ‘studying.’ He sat looking down at his lap, his left hand idle on the chair arm, his right scratching his head, his white hair gleaming in the lamplight. I knew that when he was studying he was thinking, but I did not know what about. Now I have aged into knowledge of what he thought about. He thought of his strength and endurance when he was young, his merriment and joy, and how his life’s burdens had then grown upon him. He thought of that arc of country that centered upon Port William as he first had known it in the years just after the Civil War, and as it had changed, and as it had become; and how all that time, which would have seemed almost forever when he was a boy, now seemed hardly anytime at all. He thought of the people he remembered, now dead, and of those who had come and gone before his knowledge, and of those who would come after, and of his own place in that long procession.”
Wendell Berry, Andy Catlett: Early Travels

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