Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Books 4 & 5

It's 2 a.m.  Pregnancy insomnia has avoided me the past couple of months; apparently, no longer.  

Thought I'd post an update on what I've been reading . . .  

Ok, I don't know why I felt like I should read this book . . . I suppose because it seems to be a classic and the title is always popping up . . . so when I ran across a copy at a used book store, I bought it.  I also admit that I assumed, given the popularity of the book, that it's title must be a metaphor for something . . . nope.  It's really about Zen and Motorcycle Maintenance.  

I'm sure there was value in my reading the 500+ pages of this book . .. my mind was stretched in philosophical directions that it doesn't normally wander . . . but a lot of the reading was done out of sheer will to finish the book so that I could move on to something else.  The storyline, however, of a dad and his son on a cross-country motorcycle trip, made the heavy philosophy dialogue and descriptions of motorcycle maintenance easier to endure.

The next book was a quick read, a little dark, but stirring . . . The Reader begins with an affair between a fifteen year-old boy and a 37 year-old woman.  Once you get past the startling facts of the affair, the book is really about guilt and secrets in Post-Nazi Germany.  The relationship between this young man and much-older woman feels disconnected and stark- which it was, and remained, even though their lives were entangled forever after.  I think the straightforward writing style and blunt edge of the story gave a sense of the mood among Germany's younger generation, as they attempted to cope with their own anger and shame, and their parents' complicated weight of guilt.


Renee said...

The Reader sounds intresting. I hope you can get some sleep mama! And Grats on the pregnancy!

Bridget said...

You probably know this, but there's a movie of The Reader, w/Kate Winslet. I thought it was pretty good, actually.

Kazzy said...

I have heard that title so many times but have not read it. And The Reader looked intriguing as a film, but haven't thought to read it. I just read a book called Olive Kitteridge for my book club tomorrow night. Good one.

Hope you are well. I need to figure out how to get you on my reader. For some reason it is not working.