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Re: Welcome from Alan Cheuse

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Alan Cheuse wrote:
Who are the writers who come to mind when you think of
work that moves you but at the same time requires a certain
amount of work on your part as a reader?
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Your question made me think immediately of Tolstoy's War and Peace

My high school AP English class was assigned Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE.

At 16, I liked the romantic lovestory of Pierre and Natasha. But I was overwhelmed by the 600 pages of Napoleonic war history, and the thousands of Russian characters with multiple names.

Our teacher recommended that we reread the book every decade in our lives.
In my teenaged wisdom, I rolled my eyes, and muttered, "Oh SURE!"

At 26, I read a story populated by sharply drawn characters--their personalities, weaknesses, strengths. Their wit and their passions. I suffered with them through their sorrows, and rejoiced with them in their happiness.

At 36, I read a book of Tolstoy's philosophy of why humanity wages wars. And learned so much about the follies of not learning from the lessons of history,

At 46, I read a very religious book... I discovering the depth and strength of our faithfullness in face of cultural godlessness.

Tolstoy's War & Peace has moved me deeply, and at the same time makes me work very, very hard to mine his gold.

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Re: Welcome from Alan Cheuse

Ibis,
What a lovely response!
You are a reader we all ought to aspire to become...
What do you read next?
A.C.


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Re: Welcome from Alan Cheuse

Ibis,
I think you mentioned you're from Massachusetts...
I'm reading from The Fires in November...See below...

November 14th
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Alan will be reading at Porter Square Books at 7pm.

Hope you can spread the word about this evening to your
good reading friends...


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Wednesday, November 14th at Porter Square Bookstore. (I had looked for a copy of THE FIRES there, but they were out when I got there.)

I plan to come to your reading of THE FIRES. And drag along some of my friends -- my violin quartet friends; my husband even more than I do; my 23-year-old daughter, who does not read enough, and my Medford Public Library Reading Club friends.

I live near Cambridge. And the Porter Square Bookstore is a great community resource.

I am looking forward to meeting you, and will introduce myself (and my hordes of reading friends and family) to you. Thank you for letting me know your schedule!!!!

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Ibis,
This sounds terrific...Looking forward to it...


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Thank you, Alan Cheuse

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This week ends your visit with us. I'm very grateful for your generous replies, and comments. This was for me a very intimate and rewarding conversation. I will now be very conscious of my reading as performance.

I wish you and THE FIRES much success -- as well as all your future books. I've added five of your works to my reading list, and am looking forward to reading them soon.

And I hope to meet you during your book tour in Cambridge, MA.

Again, many many thanks for your generosity.
Ilse

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Re: Thank you, Alan Cheuse

I enjoyed it.
Hope I do get to meet you and your family at Porter Square Books...
And thanks for taking up some of my other work.
Best,
Alan


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Re: Thank you, Alan Cheuse

Novelist Lynn Stegner will be with us in October to talk about her newest book, Because a Fire Was in My Head. Alan reviewed it on NPR and spoke highly of it here in an earlier post. Perhaps Alan would be willing to have an online discussion with Lynn in the Book Explorers Club about writing, writers and other things sometime during October.
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Sure.


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