Skip to main content

View Diary: Bookflurries: Bookchat: Will The Book Hold Up? (280 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Rereading Primo Levi right now (5+ / 0-)

    Reading his last book, The Drowned and the Saved.  This book had a strong effect on me when I first read it.  I has previously read everything else he wrote, but this was different.  I'm finding, with over 20 years of life experience since I first read it, that it is even more profound that I remembered.

    Last book before this that I reread was Stevenson's Travel With a Donkey.  Held up very well.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 06:18:14 AM PDT

    •  There's a new collection (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      cfk

      of his stories out, isn't there?

    •  Yes, life experience (0+ / 0-)

      really makes a difference.

      I haven't tried Travel with a Donkey, though I had thought of it.  I should do it.  I will write it on my list...thanks!

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 12:11:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Can't understand how people such as cfk (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cfk

        have time to re-read books as well as plow through so many they've never read.  

        •  Being retired helps, I admit it (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          oculus

          I had to learn to read fast when I corrected papers as a teacher.

          But, I have really slowed down in the past years, I think.

          I love stories both real and fiction.

          I always wonder where I got this desire to know things.

          Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

          by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 12:26:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I am reading much more since retirement. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            cfk

            And could read even more if I backed away from the computer (which is "reading" but not the same at all).  

          •  Re "where I got the desire to know things": (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            cfk

            Parents, influential teachers/mentors?  

            I remember my dad at the old Smithsonian, family in tow, carefully examining each exhibit.  Made a big impression, though I was bored at the time.  

            •  well, maybe my dad (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              oculus

              He loved to teach us about the trees and the birds.

              But my folks didn't read much.  Dad did read the local newspaper.  

              I had a great grandfather whom I never knew who was a newspaper man.  Maybe he was the curious type.

              My mother's mom also got a newspaper, but I never saw her reading it.

              But subtle influences, maybe...

              Teachers did not encourage reading that much back in my day and that was sad.

              We didn't have a school library until I was in 6th grade and it wasn't much.  

              We were not taken to the junior high or high school library during school hours and I rode a bus.  

              sigh...but something grabbed onto me.  :)

              Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

              by cfk on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 12:36:16 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site