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11-27-2009 04:24 PM
To Say Nothing of the Dog (audio unabridged version). Listening to this one while I'm traveling. It's 20 hours long, an abridged version might have been a better choice for me--I'm starting to get distracted. Might be better as a "read" compared to a "listen".
11-28-2009 06:30 PM
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12-01-2009 10:29 AM - edited 12-01-2009 10:33 AM
Not really a what are you reading post, but thought some might enjoy these lists of 2009 favorites from the media along with the recommendations of B&N booksellers in another board:
Not "personal" best of 2009, but those who haven't seen these yet may be interested in these links from the NYT:
The selection alongside so you can see them in B&N format is rather useful.
12-03-2009 02:50 PM
Finished Drood and The Hollow and now starting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie along with The Last Dickens
oooh!!! So, what did you think? I loved it.
Grand Rapids, MI
12-03-2009 03:05 PM
“Forgiving Ararat”, the first novel from Gita Nazareth, is a unique and inspiring afterlife adventure! The book’s heroine is Brek Cuttler, a 31-year-old lawyer, wife and mother who happens to be recently deceased. Leaving behind her new baby daughter and her TV reporter husband, Brek suddenly finds herself sitting in a deserted train station, not yet aware of her own passing. She meets Luas, who reveals she has come to a place called Shemaya, the place between life and death, Heaven and Hell. Luas looks like a combination of people she knows; he appears to each soul as they expect or desire to see him. In fact, much of what Brek sees is only because it’s what she wants to see. When she wants, she sees herself dressed in her favorite black silk suit but alternately she’s naked and bloody, three bullet holes in her chest. She can’t remember how she died and won’t until she’s ready.
We travel with Brek as she explores Shemaya, a place where all four seasons exist at once, where her long-dead great-grandmother waits with open arms, where God judges arriving souls and decides their eternal fate. Luas tells Brek she is to join his team of elite lawyers, charged with representing souls in the Final Judgment. As she clings desperately to her earthly life, in agony longing for her family, she struggles with her new job in the afterlife. To learn her new trade, she observes the trials of other souls, viewing glimpses of their lives through their own eyes. As she watches their lives unfold, connections form, leading her to solve the mystery of her own death. Meantime, she recalls pivotal moments in her own life; she puts childhood friends “on trial” for crayfish murder, she struggles to accept her parents’ divorce, and she confesses her deepest and darkest secret. And we see it is justice she’s been after since childhood, that’s why she became a lawyer. And it is justice she seeks in death.
Religious themes are prevalent throughout the novel, mostly Judeo-Christian with some hints of Buddhism. Raised Catholic, Brek is drawn to Judaism, the religion of her husband. With Brek we visit the Garden of Eden and sway on the deck with Noah. And it is the afterlife after all, so she eats whatever she wants without gaining an ounce, she shops without money, she climbs mountains without breaking a sweat, and she travels to whatever destination she imagines. Well-drawn characters from her life and those she meets after death are woven in adding to the suspense.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author drew me in so deeply, I felt Brek’s emotions as if they were my own. The author creates an image of the afterlife that is altogether beautiful, frightening, gory, inspiring, mysterious, joyful and sad. I think anyone regardless of their beliefs, can gain something from this book. It’s a murder mystery, supernatural thriller and a theological debate all rolled into one. Clever and imaginative, “Forgiving Ararat” is a fulfilling read!