Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year:2009


Hoping 2009 will be a good year. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Now lets start reading!!! What are a few books that you plan to read this upcoming year??

I am not listing my best of the best books this year. I only started blogging in June.
But my New Year's resolution in blogging is less blog surfing and more reading, if that is possible. Now I am off to start reading my next book on the pile. People of the Book.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Review :Testimony


Testimony
Anita Shreve
2009


Before I Start my review. I have not read any Anita Shreve books in years.
Weight Of Water was the first book I read by her. I liked it because the book caused me to do research on the historical background.

Her style of writing of Testimony is totally different than Weight of Water. I enjoy books that stay in your head for awhile and full of controversy. This is a book that you want to sit down and discuss with a group of friends at length.

Hence the reason I joined a book club many years ago. There are a few authors that do that with me. The ones that come to my mind

The book would not have the impact it did if it was a straight narrative. The author wrote the book with each person that was involved either directly or indirectly. Their voices in snippets. Until the end of the book you don't figure out the pieces. The puzzle will then fit together.

Testimony is the story about one scandalous reckless act. Four 18 yr. old boys are drunk and and they are caught on camera with a underage 14 yr. old girl having a sexual encounter at a secluded private school in Vermont.

The girl is underage, and very beautiful, flirting and promiscuous. The other part here I don't remember the specific but one of the students said
I did 't realize it was illegal to have sex with a underage girl.

The story is told by different view points from the students, the parents, headmaster, family, friends, and reporters. And those not involved.
It was a mosaic. The pieces of the puzzle did not fit till you were almost finished with the entire book.

The boy may have never done this terrible act if he did not find out that his mother and the head master were having a affair. That is one of the questioned asked. Would Silas have done it regardless. It made you wonder, would he have still went on this drinking binge? That is a good question...

I personally kept thinking I missed something till I figured out that the writer did not want you to know everything till the very end of the book. The point of the story was one reckless act can change the events with a blink of a eye. If a camera was not used it would have been the girl's word against the boys. All the boys were questioned without their parents being at the school. It was a mystery till the end when the story started unraveling and then you could pull the whole puzzle together. You finish the book and then say oh my gosh, now all the pieces make sense. That is what makes a good writer/novelist.

Now that I finished the book. I will go back and re-read some parts of the book.
I did not appreciate the book till the end. It was a grabber at the end, and you could not let go. Even though I predicted what was going happen before. I would recommend this to readers that enjoy books with a social message.

My friend Kathy at Bermudaonion reviewed this book a few months
You can read her review here.. Another bloggers review here article from the Telegraph . And From SF newspaper.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Belated Merry Christmas


I know it's a bit late but I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas.
I hope everyone had a good christmas with their family and loved ones and friends.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jewish Lit.. Challenge '09








Here is my post on the Jewish Literature Challenge. I am not posting extensively because it is already on my other blog, Jewish Rantings.

Masterpiece Theater


Masterpiece Theater new upcoming schedule will be showing Charles Dickens in '09.
but first Tess, and Wuthering Heights both book classics in early January, a encore of Jane Austen during the season as well for those of us that were unable to catch it last year. On PBS website
How to start a book/movie discussion group is on the site. If you miss it on television, you can catch it online for a limited time. Check out masterpiece's schedule here. Here is the PBS'site how to start a discussion,and the classic show's of the season here. Just wanted to share to let my reader's know what will be showing this year on masterpiece.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Boy In The Striped ajamas



If you are interested in my thought of the movie read my review on my other blog
Jewish Rantings. If you are interested you may visit the website for the movie here.

Moving....

So unhappy about my book blog...My book blog is over 11 years old. It has been a hobby. In the scheme of things to most of you. Think i...