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Old 12-22-2009, 09:08 AM   #21
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I agree about Kesey's "Great Notion"; Much better than "Cuckoo's Nest."

There is so much to choose from -- Alan Watts, Terry Southern, Joseph Campbell, Sun Tse, Sri Ramakrishnu, "In Cold Blood," "Helter Skelter," Aristotle, Plato, Saint Augustine, The Vedas, the Books that didn't make it into the Bible, ...

One of the more mind-expanding books I ever read is "Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture" by Chris Knight.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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One book I enjoyed recently was The Children's Book by A S Byatt, because of my love for the classic children's literature that was written in the early 20th Century - works by Kipling, E. Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame and others. The book centers on a woman who writes children's novels and her circle of friends, artists, socialists and their families and children as the new century develops and the world changes. It's loosely based on the life of Edith Nesbit, but not in any of the details, it's more a woman "like" E. Nesbit. Their children head into the slaughter of WW I, though some survive to make a new start. One of her themes is how the children of writers and artists sometimes become sadly neglected in favor of the art. It's true that some of the children of the great children's writers - Grahame's son and others came to sad ends. I will always love the works they gave us though, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The Bastable stories, Kim, Puck of Pooks Hill, so many others.
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So many books, so little time! Here is a short list of my fiction faves:

A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Bridge of Birds by Gary Hughart
The Moon is A Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

I read all the above as an adult, in the last 10 years or so, except Bridge of Birds which I read about 20 years ago.

When I was a teenager, I liked to read the "racy" stuff like Valley of the Dolls, The Carpetbaggers, The Godfather, plus thin paperback hokey romances.

From my youth, I liked Catcher in the Rye and Catch-22, and several Mark Twain books (Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Prince and the Pauper, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)--maybe I'll re-read them sometime.

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year to everyone!
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For the Phillip Marlowe fans:

Why Marlowe is still the chief of detectives

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‘But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honour – by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.’ Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder
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Chandler wrote that ‘P Marlowe has as much social conscience as a horse. He has a personal conscience, which is an entirely different matter’
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Chandler’s conclusion about the hero detective in his essay ‘The Simple Art of Murder’ might sound a touch corny to modern ears, but it rings true down the years: ‘If there were enough like him, the world would be a safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.’
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For literature, I think my all-time favorite is The Good Soldier Svejk, by Hasek.

I guess that explains your avatar!
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