So, What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.

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  1. SpoonyNix

    SpoonyNix New Member

    Yessir, Cervantes'. It's entertaining enough. I am stuck at about 70% through (bogged down by studies the last couple of weeks), hopefully I can pick it back up next week. Anyway, it really reminds me of Voltaire's Candide. And Coelho's The Alchemist. Wonder if anyone here has read Quixote and either of the two I just mentioned, and felt similarities.

    There's another I read in the last year, that strikes me as having a similar feel. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Marquez. Actually, I'm not sure I finished it. Will have to go back and check.
     
  2. SpoonyNix

    SpoonyNix New Member

    Interesting. I just looked it up, thinking it was going to be from the 80's. Seems like a good cast at least. Will have to put it on my list.
     
  3. Dustin

    Dustin Member

    I'm half way through Jimmy Carter: The White House Years. It's a 900 page treatise on Jimmy Carter's Presidency, written by his domestic policy advisor Stuart Eizenstat, who religiously kept hundreds of yellow legal pads and took notes, in addition to 350 interviews of those mentioned in the book to reflect years later.

    He explicitly acknowledges it as somewhat revisionist on the existing historical record (of which I know nothing), intending to highlight Carter's accomplishments that had been previously ignored or discounted. At the same time, he paints a vivid picture of a man who stumbled into as many situations through will or genius as he did through total inexperience and even incompetence, and I'm definitely getting a picture of a very complex man and his 4 years in office.
     
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