I feel like I’m really on a roll so far in 2014! Here’s to keeping up the momentum!
In case you missed it, Friday I posted my review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman and BRAD LISTI of my favorite podcast Other People commented on it! It was the best thing to happen to me in all my time blogging. I just had to share!
Anywho! This week, Amy (Wherever Writer) and I are continuing our reading of The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I’ve finished the first part, and I’ve gotta say this book is way different from what I’m used to reading. I think I’m loving it, but I’m not sure. I’m also FINALLY starting my Jazz Age January read (talk about cutting it close!) The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel, which brilliantly satirizes a doomed and glamorous marriage, anticipated the master stroke—The Great Gatsby—that would follow, and marks a key moment in the writer’s career. Would-be Jazz Age aristocrats Anthony and Gloria Patch embody the corrupt high society of 1920s New York: they are beautiful, shallow, pleasure-seeking, and vain. As presumptive heirs to a large fortune, they begin their married life by living well beyond their means. Their days are marked by endless drinking, dancing, luxury, and play. But when the expected inheritance is withheld, their lives become consumed with the pursuit of wealth, and their alliance begins to fall apart. Inspired in part by Fitzgerald’s own tumultuous union with his wife Zelda, hauntingly rendered and keenly observed, these characters evoke a vivid portrait of a lost world: a city steeped in vice, a society without direction, and the rootless and decadent generation that inhabited it.
The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren
2013 Next Generation Book Awards, Finalist. 2013 Readers’ Favorite Book, Finalist. 2013 San Francisco Book Festival, Honorable Mention. BRAG Medallion Honoree. In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980’s, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens. By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn’t believe he has it in him. In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right; and comes to realize he is his father’s son. This story explores how two unsettling chapters in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends.
This one was given to me to review an embarrassingly long time ago! I apologize to Nancy for taking so long to get to it, but it’s on my list now!
What are you reading this week?
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