books read: June & July
The Pyramids: Great Mysteries of Archeology by M.R. Luberto
Lots of pictures and short paragraphs and information from all over the historical, religious and archeological perspectives and opinions about the facts and fictions and mysteries of the only one of the
The Romantic Dogs by Roberto Bolaño
Good as a companion piece to his other books, but perhaps they all work together like that anyway. Bolaño believed more in the genre of poetry than in the genre of fiction, yet his fiction leaves a longer impression than his poetry.
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
The original before Disney got their hands on it version of the little wooden puppet. The original Pinocchio is a little brat who by the end deserves to be a real boy, but much like
Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
It took me too long to read this book, but when I finally sat down and finished it I was glad. Bolaño intelligently filled this book with adventure after adventure, padded with musing after musing, and filling in the cracks and crevices: some excellent writing, story-telling and a talent for novelistic structure that can only come from one who considers themselves a poet.
Adrift on the
I read this book after I came home from
1984 by George Orwell
Leave it to me to not have read this book until I am 25… and I was even born in 1984! This novel is classic and a necessary reference point for all further novel reading. In the very next book I read the word “proles” was mentioned, a 1984 reference that I wouldn’t have understood had I continued to ignore Orwell’s substantial contribution to modern literature.
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
A witty book that in the middle gets a bit repetitive, but at the end, the repetition comes in handy to make sense of the novel and does not seem to have been at all in vain. It is about a woman who believes she is the only creature alive in the earth and her adventures prior to the writing of the novel as well as during its composition. In between, it is a list of true or false facts and anecdotes about people who were once famous when the earth was populated. The uselessness of some of these facts to one who is the only living thing on earth contrasts with the fact that she remembers them and hits home at the end.
The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan
I read this quickly in fast few hours picking it up putting it down not sure at first if it was at all as good as everyone claims it to be, but after completing the whole thing like in a marathon, I was very glad I read it and wished that I owned it in order to read again and again occasionally. Perhaps I will take care of that eventually. The Sonnets is a book of poems written and torn apart; a book of rearrangements of Berrigan’s own work, and donated works of friends. There is an appendix at the end that explains some of it, but the best way to get the most meaning out of this excellent book of poems, if I can wager such a suggestion, is to read this book again and again and again.