One of the most fun facebook posts of the last week was in honor of National Book Week: copy the 5th sentence of the 56th page of whatever book was close to hand. My comment feed ran via snatches of a narrative (a foot on the stair . . or the bad-news look on the teacher’s face), to practical advice (hold two short assemblies each week), to memoir (in which is usually as close as I ever got to earthly treasure), to the poetic (whose homeless feet have pressed our path of pain). The final comment: “in which is usually not, by along with large, an endeavor for those who relish a quiet life”. Something about lifting all those lines via their context along with stringing them together via around the earth leant each a profound weight of truth. Their diversity quickly showed the power of literature. Within reach, a plethora of portals to realms beyond imagining. in which’s truly amazing.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of National Book Week, though a quick google indicates in which is usually celebrated in South Africa. World Book Day was either March 2 or is usually coming up on April 23. Whoever decides these things, in which doesn’t genuinely matter, as long as they serve to stoke a thirst for reading.
So, here are a few of the books in which I’ve been reading recently, mostly via the Upshur County Public Library’s kindle lending program. I can borrow a title electronically in Kenya via our West Virginia system. in which is usually something to be thankful for.
The author frames a series of journal entries along with letters in which date back to the 1880’s within a current narrative of a museum curator to tell the story of American exploration inside territory of Alaska. Basically a very difficult journey into the unknown. Great writing, strong character development, a variety of narrative voices, a poignant love story, touches of magical realism which lend colour along with mystery, along with an attempt to give a voice to the indigenous American Indian population. There is usually a sub-story about photography in which the character tries to capture light, in a context in which otherwise has much darkness. I didn’t want This particular book to end, along with I’ve thought about in which often since finishing in which. Recommended highly.
Suspenseful, gripping, you care about the protagonist. This particular is usually a journey through the terrible realities of our own country 0 years ago. The author reveals much of the evil in which drove slavery. Worth reading as an American who cares about justice along with knows in which the bloody stain of slavery still seeps into most aspects of modern culture. Like the tracks on the cover, the plot tents towards dead ends along with sharp curves. Recommended however wishing for more closure or cohesion.
This particular novel presents itself as a series of historical documents about a murder trial in a rural Scottish community inside 1860’s. Like the some other two books above, the texture of details gives depth to the story along with valuable images of a time long gone. One learns of the massive inequality along with injustice inherent inside “crofter” system of labor, along with painfully watches the protagonist beaten down by a relentlessly evil overseer. Reading about poverty in an articulate voice is usually always worthwhile. along with the intersection of mental illness, social distress, along with criminal behaviour seems relevant. however This particular one is usually pretty much empty of redemption.
“Dark along with redemptive” is usually my preferred genre in books along with movies. The three books above are ranked best to decent. All relate to our family in some way: Caleb will be posted to Alaska later This particular year, along with my ancestry is usually a mix of African slave along with Scotch-Irish immigrant, so the latter two give context to the situations via whence our ancestors arose.
One more in which has no actual personal connection however is usually also via a subset of in which dark along with redemptive genre, the apocalyptic tale, in which I also enjoyed inside last few months. How does art help us survive, what is usually the role of culture when everything falls apart? Great read.
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The Arensen family have not only done much Great on This particular continent, however possess the articulate gift of telling stories about in which. About half way through; lots of stories via the days when kids rode a steam boat to the rail road to go to RVA, or when you could drive out of Juba along with go hunting for meat.
Each poem is usually a sonnet related to a saying of Jesus, so I’ve enjoyed selecting some readings to go with the Lenten devotions. Also This particular is usually a year to remember the poetry of life, so This particular is usually one way I’m trying to do in which.
I am also about half-way through This particular one. One night I had BBC on along with the book open along with in which was hard to tell the difference between 2003 along with 2017. As a journalist for World Magazine, Belz traveled into Iraq along with Syria when few others were willing, along with tried to preserve the story of the religious minorities. She’s also a genuinely Great writer.
Next on the horizon: more books by African authors, for the African Reading Challenge 2017. Join me in reading 5 books This particular year set in Africa, about Africa, along with/or by African authors. I’ll name my 5 soon. One will certainly be the next Rwendigo Tales book!