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Thank you for adding me as an interesting library. I see we enjoy some of the same authors - - Taylor Caldwell, Lloyd Douglas,and Thomas Hardy, to name a few. Beside this, was there something else you found particularly interesting? Happy reading!
Glorious! My university still has its original library (1845) which has carved oak and all the brass and marble trimings too, but few books are now kept there. They're mostly in hideous 1960s buildings.
Forgive my intrusion, but I just have to say how wonderful that billboard picture is! If only my city were so tastefully decorated.
Linda, The Yacoubian Building is interesting in that it is by an Egyptian author, set in Egypt and apparently was very popular in Egypt. It is really a portrayal of a culture faded somewhat from its glory days and there are definitely characters whose lives parallel that (as does the building itself). It follows a variety of residents who live in the tiny apartments on the roof and those business people who rent there. It is fairly explicit throughout but I read the sexual relations in terms of power. There is one character who will turn to fundamentalism. This is a bit different from the Reluctant Fundamentalist because this young man is not in the US, hasn't been Westernized to the extent of our Princeton grad and, of course, not been affected by 9/11 which hasn't happened yet.

I'm about to be buried in class reading so I imagine I will have to restrict my time on LT:-(

Thanks for getting back to me on The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I'm going to put you on my private watch list so I will remember to check periodically on what you are reading!!! Best, Lois
Just as an added note, I see we have a couple of Lloyd C. Douglas novels in common. Although, I expect there are plenty of copies in LT because he was a popular author in his day, but you are the first user that I've happened upon with copies in common with me. We had a couple of his novels in the house growing up because my father's name is (was) Lloyd C. Douglass! I read and enjoyed them when I was around 13 or so and some additional titles perhaps read in the early 80's, but I keep copies here for sentimental reasons. - Lois
Thanks for the comment! I feel very fortunate to have been able to add the library room. And I certainly know what you mean about having had books in every room previously. :-) My old bookshelves had gotten so stuffed, rows in front of rows, stacks on top of rows, that I had forgotten a lot of the books I'd owned. Now they can "breathe" again, LOL. (I have to constantly restrain myself against going hog-wild on getting more, though, or the new shelves will completely fill up, too!)
I rarely reread books, but I've read Chopin's The Awakening 4 or 5 times since high school. Have you read Mrs. Dalloway? I'm rereading it for my book club next month. I hope that it touches me as much as it did when I read it 7 years ago. I love Virginia Woolf. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
I just finished Their Eyes Were Watching God and wrote a review. It is one of those books that I could start again tomorrow. I saw that your review included the same quote I chose, but you also included so many other quotes. Thank you for posting those. When they are all put together it made me realize how poetic Hurston was.
Thanks for the kind words lgaikwad. Your reason for reading [The Year of Magical Thinking] sounds the same as mine. I wanted to experience (as well as can be done through a literary work) her grieving. I'm not sure why but for some reason, it just didn't happen for me. I'm making a second attempt at this topic as I just picked up a copy of [About Alice]. It seems like an awfully depressing topic for me to continue pursuing but I'm very interested. In movies, books, music, art, I enjoy it most when I'm moved. It's rare and I expect this topic could do it. Unfortunately, I've not found the book yet. As I said in my review, I think it's to be reminded of the appreciation we should have for every moment of our day.

Take care and enjoy reading!
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