11 thoughts on “A place for our on-going January reading posts

  1. Just finished a re-read of The Red Badge of Courage and I hadn’t remembered how much of an internal journey that was. Apparently that was what made it a book that influenced how war was written about by later authors – Hemingway was apparently much influenced. Certainly writing about war in specific details of the fighting wasn’t new – think of The Iliad.

  2. Quite a long time ago, I read a mystery by Laurie R King (The Game) that centers on Kimball O’Hara as a British spy who has disappeared. Turns out this is Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, which I never read (not sure I’ve read any Kipling actually, certainly not in 40 years or so).
    I’m also contemplating Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, which I haven’t read as an adult.
    Another idea is The Wizard of Oz, trying to catch all the political undertones. This would be a good prelude to Wicked and our April visit by Gregory Maguire,

  3. Not sure if a book identified as “destined to become a classic” counts but I just finished The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers which is told from the POV of a young soldier and his experiences in Iraq and what they did to him.

  4. Decided I should really be familiar with the classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and found a lovely copy with illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. This is a charming story that would make a great annual read aloud – if you were people who enjoyed being read to.

    • It would be fun to find an audio version read by Thomas himself. Pretty sure I’ve heard this on the radio.

  5. Decided on my “classic” read for January – going to revisit the Forsythe’s in John Galsworthy’s The Man of Property – the first in what turned out to be 3 trilogies that is just the greatest soap opera – a perfect read for a wintery night.

    • Had forgotten how humorous this author is – his descriptions of the family members contrasted with their opinions of themselves – are quite funny.

  6. Kind of an interesting twist on reading a classic. Just finished Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America which is a fictional retelling of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America – which is a classic.

  7. I realized I had never read Hemingway, so I checked out The Old Man and the Sea. (Yeah, I cheated -a really short one.) Hope to discuss it Saturday morning.

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