Category: Books

Books: February 2012

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE – STIEG LARSSON

There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility” – Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire

I think that I picked up the first one of these because my father had read and enjoyed them. I don’t remember when I picked up the second book – must have seen it for cheap somewhere. This is the second installment of the popular series by Stieg Larsson. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series (originally called the Millemnium series in Sweden) was catapulted into the popular eye after Larsson died of a heart attack at age 50.( Coincidentally Larsson’s father died of a heart attack at age 50 as well. ) The manuscripts for the novels were found and published posthumously. The project was something that Larsson enjoyed writing in his spare time, on evenings after working as a magazine editor. Which leads me to believe that one of the main protagonists, Mikael Blomkvist, is a supercharged version of Stieg Larsson. According to wikipedia there is a dispute over the ownership of possible other installments of the series, with the late author’s wife on one side and family on the other.

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Books: January 2012

SEXUS – HENRY MILLER

 

 “The art of dreaming when wide awake will be in the power of every man one day. Long before that books will cease to exist, for when men are wide awake and dreaming their powers of communication (with one another and with the spirit that moves all men) will be so enhanced as to make writing seem like the harsh and raucous squawks of an idiot.” – Henry Miller, Sexus (pg. 20)

Sexus is the first book in the “Rosy Crucifixion” trilogy by Henry Miller. I recieved this book as a gift from my mother for my birthday last year. Miller is one of my absolute favorites – the way he draws soaring philosophical inspirations out of the seemingly mundane makes him a unique pleasure to read. Other favorites from Miller are The Air Conditioned NightmareThe Colossus of Moroussi, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch, A Devil in Paradise, and of course Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. I’ve never been let down by Miller – all of his works exemplify his charm and talent. Sexus is no exception.

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Books : Notable Reads from 2011

LES MISERABLES – VICTOR HUGO

Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

I found this tome for cheap at Smith Family Books in Eugene. I selected this book because one of my high school crushes who I admired for her smarts and love of Zelda had pointed it out as her favorite book to me once. At the time, I couldn’t imagine someone sitting down and reading through a brick like that so I forgot about it. When I saw it again it rang a bell, and I decided that nearly ten years had gone by and I should be grown up enough to read a book of that magnitude by now. I also remember being vaguely impressed by the movie version in high school literature class. Why were we wathcing movies in literature class? Welcome to ‘Murka.  Well, it took me nearly seven months and was put on hold numerous times, but I did it.

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