Jump to content


This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to accept cookies, unless you've opted out. (US government web page with instructions to opt out: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml)

What are you reading this summer?


  • Please log in to reply
104 replies to this topic

#31 Ed Waffle

Ed Waffle

    Bronze Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 493 posts

Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:37 PM

Some "other" books by authors mentioned on this thread:

Lucky by Ann Seybold. If you thought "The Lovely Bones was a bit of a downer....this memoir opens with a police officer telling Seybold that she is lucky that the man who beat and raped her didn't also kill her. An account of Seybold's ordeal while a freshman in college. I read it in one long night.

Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding. A pretty, smart, and very articulate young womnan goes to Africa as part of a British team helping refugees. It is the story of a personal odyssey, a scathing look at NGO politics in the Third World and a startlingly good description of an entire population being threatened by famine and disease. While it doesn't hang together until the end, it is well worth reading for Fielding fans.

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett. Unrequited love, sudden death, an alienated family and a dark, unknown past combine in this novel. It unfolds like a comples magic trick--the reader knows that it can't really be happening like this, but continues to be drawn farther in to the world of Sabine, the (former) magician's assistent.

#32 pleiades

pleiades

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 71 posts

Posted 04 June 2003 - 08:36 PM

I have read The Devil Wears Prada and found it beachable, but not much else.

A plug for Meg Wolitzer's new book: Wife -- nicely written and thoughtful. Not quite mindless enough for the beach, but nowhere near as initimidating as the 'serious literature' referenced in previous posts.

I'm currently alternating between the biography of the Mitford sisters and The Russian Debutante's Handbook which I like very much.

#33 Farrell Fan

Farrell Fan

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,930 posts

Posted 05 June 2003 - 06:25 AM

To answer Cristina's question, I plan to read Hillary's book but won't say anything about it, since we're to avoid politics at Ballet Alert. :)

#34 Ari

Ari

    Gold Circle

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 887 posts

Posted 05 June 2003 - 08:10 AM

I think the parts of Hillary's book that most people are interested in have nothing to do with politics. :)

#35 Alexandra

Alexandra

    Board Founder

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,263 posts

Posted 05 June 2003 - 08:30 AM

Yes, please, let's stay away from the Hillary Book! I thought that for that book to come out the day I opened the new book forum was very bad timing! I'm sure it will be a very popular read, but really, we will all be much better friends if we stay away from politics. We've lost a few posters in the past because of political discussions (I don't think it's so much that people are offended, is that, at least for some people, if they hold very closely to a particular belief, they just don't want to be around people who don't. Or if someone is the only one in the crowd who thinks one thing, they find that uncomfortable.)

#36 Doris R

Doris R

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 91 posts

Posted 05 June 2003 - 05:06 PM

About the Hillary book ... our principal said she wanted to read it, as did a couple of teachers who happend through the office while the discussion was going on. I definitely want to read it! Some of us admire her...some of us don't. But we're all intrigued. (Can I at least say that as a mom she seemed to do a good job?)

#37 Leigh Witchel

Leigh Witchel

    Editorial Advisor

  • Editorial Advisor
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,466 posts

Posted 05 June 2003 - 05:48 PM

Folks -

I need to politely remind people (this goes for everyone in all Ballet Talk forums) that talking about something while saying you're aren't talking about it is. . . talking about it.

The reason we ask you not to talk about political opinion is fairness (wait until someone starts saying inflammatory things about Klingons. . .and you happen to be a Klingon) and to keep from wandering off topic.

This doesn't mean you are never allowed to mention the names Bush, Chirac, Clinton, whatever. It just means we don't want this to degenerate into a political discussion board. It's about ballet (or in this case, books!).

#38 svemaus

svemaus

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 29 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 05:25 AM

I always read different books at a time because I can never decide which one I should read first! There are so many books that I will (have to) read till October, as one of my subjects at university is going to be English. I canít really say what to expect from these books, I just want to surprise myself and see whatís lying ahead of me.
Has anyone of you read Everything is illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer?

Oh well, letís see:

University books:

William Shakespeare: Hamlet / King Lear / Macbeth
Joseph Conrad: Heart of darkness
Paul Auster: Moon Palace
Tennessee Williams: A streetcar named desire
Henry James: The Ambassadors (Ok, I have prejudices now because of the posts I have read concerning this book...but it will be the subject of my intermediate exams at uni!)

Books that have been on my shelf for at least 6 months:

Friedrich Nietzsche: The Anti-Christ / Ecce homo / Dionysus
I love philosophy and have been eager to read Nitzsches books for a long time. I hope that they will be as interesting as Kant and Adam Smith.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Louis Malle: Au revoir les enfants
Itís been a long time since Iíve had my last French lesson and I need to refresh my vocabulary. The book is about a Jewish boy in the Second World War, who tries to hide in a boarding school to escape the German troupes. Iíve already seen the film, which was great, and the book is really worth to read.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hermann Hesse: The Steppenwolf / The glass bead game
re-read: Siddharta / Beneath the wheel
I didnít like Hesseís books for a long time because he wrote in a very detailled way and I just didnít have the nerve to read his works back then, to be honest. Now I realize what a great author he was and how clearly he tried to present the personalities and emotions of the characters in his books.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Max Frisch: Andorra / Stiller
Frisch is my all time favourite author and I always re-read his books every now and then.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Wladyslaw Szpilman: The Pianist
This is the book to the Oscar-winning movie, that I wanted to read for about 8 months already. For the ones of you who donít know: The book is an autobiography of the Jewish authorís survival in a concentration camp in the Second World War. He was not killed by the Nazis because he played, as a former professional pianist, for the Germans.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Henning Mankell: All his books
I highly recommand Mankellís books to anyone, whether he/ she doesnít like reading thrillers. His books are about Inspector Wallander, a police officer living in Sweden, who has to investigate murders in his hometown. Mankell is a gifted author who knows how to write exciting books that you donít want to stop reading until youíve reached the last page.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Jonathan Franzen: The corrections
Ian McEwan: Atonement
Something always held me back from reading these books, and I have no idea what it is. I hope to be able to read them during my holidays in America.

Thatís it! :mad: :(

#39 Mary J

Mary J

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 06:04 AM

I found The Pianist to be fairly unremarkable, especially compared with the depth of the movie. Sometimes the story is beyond the talents of the storyteller, and the author was a pianist, not really a writer...

#40 Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

    Silver Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 596 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 06:47 AM

The book had a cold, detached feeling to it. I think if the story had been written decades later, it would convey a very different sense. I agree with you on that I felt the movie had more depth, but maybe if I had read the book first...

#41 dirac

dirac

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 25,533 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 08:37 AM

I thought the fact that Szpilman wrote his book so soon after the war was a plus, not a minus, although I agree that had he written it much later it would certainly have been a different book.

#42 vagansmom

vagansmom

    Silver Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 543 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 10:56 AM

After reading all the remarks about the DaVinci Code, I headed out to the bookstore and used my last gift certificate to buy it. A friend has said that it's "whatever anyone says about it - it's better".

I start it on Monday, my first day of summer vacation.

#43 Alexandra

Alexandra

    Board Founder

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,263 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 11:47 AM

Maybe DaVinci Code could be our first book club book??

#44 Ed Waffle

Ed Waffle

    Bronze Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 493 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 03:35 PM

It looks like you have a wonderful summer of reading and discovery ahead of you. A few notes:

Originally posted by svemaus

Friedrich Nietzsche: The Anti-Christ / Ecce homo / Dionysus
I love philosophy and have been eager to read Nitzsches books for a long time. I hope that they will be as interesting as Kant and Adam Smith.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-Hermann Hesse: The Steppenwolf / The glass bead game
                          re-read: Siddharta / Beneath the wheel
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


I hadn't thought of Hesse for years. His books, especially "Steppenwolf" and "Siddharta" were, like some of Camus and Sarte, part of the very air we breathed a long time ago. It seemed that everyone you knew had a paperback of one of those authors in his or her back pocket.

I read all the books by Hesse you mention and was thrilled with them, especially "The Glass Bead Game" (also know in English as "Magistrar Ludi", I think). When I looked at some of them again I couldn't imagine why I had been so caught up in them. Reading them in German would be a huge advantage I would think.

Nietzsche, as they say, is peachy. Although it took me a long time to realize that. I was finally able to "get" Nietzsche by reading his essays on Richard Wagner--some of the best work anyone has ever done on Wagner.

It is hard for me to think of any thinker who would be more interesting or enlightening than Kant--although that is purely a personal perference. I still have the marked up copies of "Pure Reason", "Practical Reason" (my favorite) "Prolegama" and still read them. Nietzsche can be an arresting stylist (in translation, at least) and a thinker of note. That real thrill of recognition that one has when reading a work that makes the most profound sense--like either of the Critiques, for example, is missing with him.

#45 vagansmom

vagansmom

    Silver Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 543 posts

Posted 06 June 2003 - 08:27 PM

Alexandra, DaVinci Code has my vote for a first book club book :)


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):