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Friday, October 28, 2005

Libary needs more books...

I've been dying for something to read since I finished my last book.

Usually if another book or author is mentioned in the book I'm reading at the time, I'll write down the name and then go check it out after I've finished. I've found some of my favorite books that way, like when I was reading Alaska by James Michener some time back, he mentioned the book The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, an incredible true story about an ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

Since I just finished reading C.B.'s book and was looking for something to read next, I thought I'd check out some of the authors that he had mentioned in his book.

I headed over to the library to try and get my hands on a book by Charles Bukowski but there were none to be found there. I was disappointed but I asked the librarian to order me a copy, and in the meantime, I figured I'd try another book.

I'd already read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas so I thought I'd try another one of Hunter S. Thompson's books. None available. Not a single book by the man at the library. Now I'm like, WTF? Moving on... I decided I'd read Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, one of the classics that I've always wanted to read but never have. Not there. Come on. You've got to be kidding me! There's a whole fucking row dedicated to Danielle Steel right next to the Steinbeck books but Of Mice and Men is not here? Now I was getting irritated. Every book I was interested in reading, I was unable to find.

Hemingway was mentioned pretty prominently in My War and having never read one of his books, I decided I would check one out. I knew the library had to have some books by Ernest Hemingway. Thankfully, they did. I decided on The Sun Also Rises.

I've always enjoyed reading so called 'classic' literature but one thing that annoys me about these books is that when you flip one over and read the back cover, they hardly ever tell you what the dang thing is about. Usually somewhere, either on the back or inside cover of a book, you can get the gist of what the story is about and decide if it's something you're interested in reading. Not with the 'classics'. All they usually say is how great the book is and how it's 'magnificent' and a 'masterpeice'. I know its a masterpiece but what the heck is the story about? Supposedly, Madame Bovary was a masterpiece and I hated that one...

Back to Hemingway. I decided on The Sun Also Rises which is described as '...a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...' Sounded good. Not sure what it was about, but it sounded good...


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