For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2019

It was a poor month for reading, just two books finished.

So Disdained by Nevil Shute (Kindle): I found this when I was looking through the Kindle’s library for something to read. I don’t remember purchasing it, so it may be that it was Mum who did, or even my father-in-law.

When Peter Moran picks up a man on the roadside while driving through a bitter rainy night on the South Downs, he embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into treasonous international plots, flying adventures and tests of both his bravery and his loyalty.”

I neither liked or disliked this story, although I was surprised and disappointed by the amount of casual anti-antisemitism. It’s a quick read; it would fill in a few hours on a flight or a morning on a beach. I doubt that I will reread it.

The Choice by Edith Eger: “In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.”

When I read a book like this, I am in awe of just how much resilience, endurance and spirit a person can have. I was free with the use of a highlighter pen throughout the text.

Edith Eger is a truly remarkable human being.

8 thoughts on “For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2019

  1. I recently read The Cut-Out Girl by Bart van Es. Story of a girl in the Netherlands in the war sent to live with foster parents. Not a novel but a true story. Harrowing, but interesting.

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  2. Thank you for your book reviews. I have a few books on the waiting to pick up from the library or just started reading. I’m in about 20 pages of a new novel, Albatross by a favourite author, Terry Fallis.

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      1. Ruth, Terry Fallis is a Canadian author. His first couple of novels were about a less than ideal character within the Canadian government & his antics about getting voted to a position (Federal level). It certainly explains a lot about our politics – he writes with a lot of humour. His other novels have been random characters, always lovable in some regard. I think he’s a lighthearted & often amusing writer. Albatross is the story of a young man who is measured up to be a natural golf prodigy but it isn’t his calling … that’s all I’ve read so far. Wikipedia says, Terry Fallis is a Canadian writer and public relations consultant. He is a two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, winning in 2008 for his debut novel The Best Laid Plans and in 2015 for No Relation.

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