Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

“From my grandmother I learned that logic is relative. Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (p. 20). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. “

November 16, 2017

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (p. 20). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Deseret News: Thayer was known for his story “Red-Tailed Hawk,” a collection of stories titled “Under the Cottonwoods and Other Mormon Stories,” and novels “Summer Fire” and “The Tree House,” which one critic called “the best Mormon novel to date.”

October 18, 2017

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900002439/father-of-contemporary-mormon-fiction-douglas-thayer-dies-at-88.html

George Smiley

October 9, 2017

My family has watched the BBC adaption of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” several times, often during Christmas visits.  My older brother has read all the books, so after many years I followed suit, reading all of them a couple of years ago.   And now, this;

1. Bagehot – – To understand Britain, read its spy novels – – The nature of the establishment, the agonies of decline, the complicated tug of patriotism: spy novels explore what makes Britain British

2. George Smiley is back. Really? – – “A Legacy of Spies”: John le Carré’s latest, maybe last, venture – – The old masters, John and George, puzzle their watchers

“The vilest thing I had located, within myself and within the system that held me prisoner, was an indifference to the suffering of others.”

September 27, 2017

Kerman, Piper. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (p. 242). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

An interesting and important insight from this morning’s reading.  Can I benefit from this insight by being as candid and honest with myself as this author was with herself when she wrote this?

I am reminded of this teaching attributed to Elie Wiesel:

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.” (Interview with U.S. media, 1986) (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/elie-wiesel-quotes-survival-spirituality-humanity-article-1.2697132)

 

” . . . bits—Spanish silver dollars sawed into eight parts so that twenty-five cents was equal to two bits . . . “

September 6, 2017

Michener, James A.. Centennial: A Novel (p. 355). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.