JG and CS over at the Hotchpot Cafe have a reading challenge up. They love these. This one sounds like fun. It is a birth year challenge. The books you read should all have been published in the year you were born.
I was initially dismayed, but things are looking up. One of my comments to them was this after moaning and whinging about what a crappy year my birth year seems to have been. Then I came up with these two:
The Fixer by Bernard Malamud won both the National book award and the pulitzer.....a list may be forming...., something by this guy Miguel Angel Asturias...still, gonna think about this a bit. Such an unpromising year.
Here's where you come in. I'm hoping that you may have some background on some of these books. Nabokov, I will confess to a prejudice against him, though maybe that is a good reason to try it. Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual is just to ridiculous, I may have to read that......I think I would like to try and read both the Marquez book and the Nobel prize writer's book in the original Spanish. Now there is a truly psychotic goal, but one must dream big. Naipul, again, haven't read enough of his.....
Any words on that? Who the heck was Nat Turner anyway. Feel like I should know....he makes it on three times.
On another note, Dave Eggar's What is the What came in the mail today. I have never walked home so slowly from the post office, and it is only with the greatest difficulty that I have done anything else today. Eggars is an amazing guy. If you haven't seen his Ted Talks lecture, you should....wish it weren't so late, I'd like to see it again. He is writing the auto-biography of another man. A Sudanese man who managed to escape the horrors of what has happened there. It is an utterly compelling bit of stunningly beautiful writing. Cannot recommend it highly enough, and I am only at page 36.
All of the author's proceeds from the book belong to the man who tells the story, Valentino Achak Deng and are to benefit the Sudanese, both in Sudan and elsewhere.
Amazing in every single little way.