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    Windy City Blues, a collection of Sarah Paretsky stories. I wanted to like it, but didnít.

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    Finished The Institute by Stephen King. I've been a 20+ years fan, but this is easily the worst thing I have read in my life. I don't like to write reviews on books as I don't feel capable, but you'd have to be brain dead to not see the plot holes the size of grand canyon. The whole premise is nonsensical - and I'm not talking about hocus pocus stuff, which I'm fine with. Hard pass, save your time.

    Moving on to "Of Mice and Men", which I understand is some sort of American classic that I've never read before.

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    Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas

    I really enjoyed the book. It is amazing how "legends" about certain people start, but are not at all based in truth.

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    Farewell My Lovely. Itís hard to believe that this is out of print.

    Anyway, i wanted to see the Robert Mitchum film version and decided to read the book first. I liked it more than the Big Sleep & not only because the plot makes somewhat more sense. The prose is spare and full of Chandlerisms, but it still evokes that noir mood quite efficiently.

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    Finished Siddhartha, which I found enjoyable and thought provoking.

    I also finished Of Mice and Men and loved it, so I'm starting now with East of Eden.

    After this, I have also One Hundred Years of Solitude lined up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Finished Siddhartha, which I found enjoyable and thought provoking.

    I also finished Of Mice and Men and loved it, so I'm starting now with East of Eden.

    After this, I have also One Hundred Years of Solitude lined up.
    I could not put 100 Years of Solitude Down. I liked Siddartha too. I still have strong impressions of both many years later.

    Having read different books (Cannery Row and the Grapes of Wrath ), i canít say anything about the Steinbeck.

    Enjoy!

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    Finally finished Life of Johnson, by James Boswell. Although I find its reputation as the greatest biography ever written to be a bit strange, there is no doubt that it kept me interested, even if I could only read a little bit at a time. I think what appealed to me was the strong sense it gave of a different time and place, and of different attitudes. If I had known either Boswell or Johnson personally, I am not sure whether I would have found them sympathetic or infuriating, but neither one was boring.

    I knew, by the way, that this book (in a large unabridged paperback edition) was one of the classics that I have kept for a very long time unread. On the chance, I looked for it in my history of Amazon purchases, and found that I had indeed bought it there, in 2003. I do tend to dawdle quite a bit in getting to things that I haven't yet done, but I'm in my mid 60s now, and probably shouldn't put off any book that I really want to read, not for much longer, anyway.
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    I Am a Girl from Africa, by Elizabeth Nyamaro.

    One of the most inspiring memoirs I've ever read. Finished it in one afternoon. I Highly recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Finished Siddhartha, which I found enjoyable and thought provoking.

    I also finished Of Mice and Men and loved it, so I'm starting now with East of Eden.

    After this, I have also One Hundred Years of Solitude lined up.
    I could not put 100 Years of Solitude Down. I liked Siddartha too. I still have strong impressions of both many years later.

    Having read different books (Cannery Row and the Grapes of Wrath ), i canít say anything about the Steinbeck.

    Enjoy!
    Did you read it as 100 Years or Cien aŮos? I read the first several chapters in spanish during college and wish I had finished it! Maybe I'll do that after I finish K-Ming Chang's Bestiary, another bit of (much more recent) magical realism.
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    I'll interpret the title of this thread loosely to include the last book that I've started to read.

    I've been scouring my shelves for books that I've always meant to read and already own. Came across my copy of Boccaccio's Decameron, English translation by G.H. McWilliam. I have probably had this since the 1990s. I would no doubt have had much to learn from the translator's preface and introduction, but they were a total of cxliv pages, so I said the heck with it and got straight to Boccaccio. There are end notes which may help if I really get puzzled. So far I've only read his prologue and the first tale, but found the tale very amusing. I shall continue.
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    Finished Siddhartha, which I found enjoyable and thought provoking.

    I also finished Of Mice and Men and loved it, so I'm starting now with East of Eden.

    After this, I have also One Hundred Years of Solitude lined up.
    I could not put 100 Years of Solitude Down. I liked Siddartha too. I still have strong impressions of both many years later.

    Having read different books (Cannery Row and the Grapes of Wrath ), i canít say anything about the Steinbeck.

    Enjoy!
    Did you read it as 100 Years or Cien aŮos? I read the first several chapters in spanish during college and wish I had finished it! Maybe I'll do that after I finish K-Ming Chang's Bestiary, another bit of (much more recent) magical realism.
    Unfortunately, Spanish is not one of my languages. I did have a look at my wifeís Spanish copy, but thatís the extent of it.

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