I’ve been trying to read ad much as I can despite the hectic past few weeks. No time for long reviews, so I’ll get right to the good stuff:
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. This book tackles some really deep subject matter, including race relations, religion, vigilantism, and moral and political corruption. Everyone can take away something different from it, or even totally disagree on what the message is. This classic is as cerebral as they come, and finishes with a flourish. Take your time with it and read it real slowly…point being that you should read it.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book lives up to, if not exceeds, the hype. It’s a beautiful story and is written so well that you don’t mind, or even notice, the melodrama. The plot focuses on the growth and trials of a young man in the context of post-Taliban Afghanistan. This one is definitely a tearjerker…I’ve heard.
But unfortunately the movie sucked.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. I’m about halfway through this one. I was trying to read something different from the usual fiction novel, and as an analysis of how our current media-drowned generation is so profoundly influenced by pop culture, this book fits the bill. It’s meant to be funny, and succeeds at times, just enough to keep me reading. But Klosterman tries way too hard to make his insights more dynamic than they really are…he basically discovers the origins of the universe by comparing the characters from different seasons of The Real World. I’m finding that I skim through to the parts where he talks about sports or something that I have a particular interest in (like his funny anecdotes about how even as a dork he has been able to lure chicks into bed using his mastery of wit and pop culture innuendo). Not great so far, but suitably entertaining.
I’ve been reading these between my subscriptions to National Geographic and TimeOut NY, and of course my constant companion; Lonely Planet:Turkey. Can’t wait…