01-02-2010 12:49 AM
Rabid Reader -- sounds like a fun course.
A few of us are still commenting on Vanity Fair on the Classics board. Would love to "hear" any comments you might have as you get into the book. Becky Sharp is certainly a memorable literary "femme fatale".
I'm currently reading Gone With The Wind, and after that I will be reading Vanity Faire. Both books are for a "Femme Fatale" literature course I'm taking next semester that I'm really looking forward to.
01-09-2010 07:43 PM - edited 01-09-2010 07:52 PM
I know just finished books are really not supposed to apply on this column, but I was reading this while "Add Product" wasn't working, so am going to post it now. I had not known the work of Shusaku Endo and I was blown away by this story of the spiritual journey of a Franciscan priest and a Japanese samurai at the beginning of the 1600's. (I don't use the expression "blown away" about very many books.) I like the question marks that are here as faith creeps up on or insists on the attention of two very dissimilar men of vastly different backgrounds, one with virtually no cultural affinity to Christianity, one imbued with the demands of his faith but also ambitious and power-seeking.
In a world where we talk about the role of faith amidst secular concerns, this book struck me as so very relevant and insightful -- both towards and against.
Reportedly Martin Scorsese is working on a film of Endo's Silence.
Now I am reading The Assassins' Gate by George Packer -- in the hardcover format that I bought and never got to shortly after it was printed.
If there is anyone out there that sees this and is interested in a bit of discussion about Packer's book, please do sent a PM or start a thread on the Current Events board
I always underline, but this one has much more than usual so far, as I agree, disagree, and react to Packer's claims.
Also, for First Look,
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger. Given its subject matter, that should be an interesting discussion.