Snash's Reading for 2019
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Here we go again. Here's a list of books read this year.
1) Coat Upon a Stick by Norman Fruchter
2) The Only Story by Julian Barnes
3) Tacoma Stories by Richard Wiley
4) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
5) Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
6) No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
7) Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
8) Eventide by Kent Haruf
9) A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
10) The Hue and Cry at Our House by Benjamin Taylor
Coat Upon a Stick is a story of a very angry old Jewish immigrant living amongst ghost from his past and other old Jewish men each of whom have found better ways of coping. Very well written. 4 stars
The Only Story ruminates about the nature of love and its place in life and therefore about the nature of life. Full of quotable truths. The love affair described was awkward and later painful. 4 stars
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Sharon, this year.
A group of people in a bar are the characters in the collection of stories, Tacoma Stories. I enjoyed many of the stories although some seemed far fetched. My one problem with the book was that I often lost track of who was who. 3.5 stars
Things Fall Apart presents Nigerian tribal culture and its conflict with the white missionaries from an African point of view. 4 stars
Arrow of God presents the conflict of African tribal society with that of the white man and Christianity. It does so from the African point of view concentrating on the efforts of a priest's attempts to deal with the changes.
No Longer at Ease is a look at the struggle between African and Western cultures in Nigeria right before Independence as told from an English educated Nigerian's life.
Some parts of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters were very enlightening, thought provoking, and awe inspiring. Other times when writing about something I knew about, the treatment was simplistic. The author also displays some prejudice on topics of nurture and psychotherapy. 4 stars
Eventide is so well written that one feels a part of the scene. It's the story of a cast of characters in a small town, many just barely making it, but often helping each other out. 5 stars
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers is an intriguing book about cultural differences and communication written in a very clever way. My hesitation is that it seemed to me the strong focus on sex was not integral to the story. 3.5 stars
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