Doktor Kosmos Posted November 18, 2006 Share Posted November 18, 2006 (edited) Do we have a book thread here? We should. I know we are all sports fans here, but that sort of people read books too. Don't worry, Gretzky's autobiography counts as a book. Have you read anything lately that you think is worth recommending? This is where you let the (Habs)world know. Not too long ago I read a marvelous book called Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, written by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. It's one of the best books I've read in years! I don't think I have ever read a book that that I have understood so little of and yet been so strongly compelled to keep reading. Wouldn't life be a lot more wonderful if there weren't annoying trivial distractions like food, sleep and job interviews? This is the kind of book you wish you didn't have to put down, and, unlike Dan "Cliffhanger" Brown, Murakami grips your attention in a very good, genuine way, not in the "artificial" way that Brown does (if you know what I mean, no you probably don't, but oh well...). It took time to put the pieces in the puzzle together. But it was worth every second! The copy that I read is in English, in fact I don't think Murakami has been published in Swedish yet. It took a while before I really got into it (thank you very much, language barrier) but that obstacle is now overcome and the words just flow before me. Aside from a short part in which the protagonist discusses complex calculations with some sort of professor (a part that I don't think was hard to follow because of the language but rather because of the intellectual content), the language feels so easy to understand that I often almost get an urge to start translating this work into Swedish, and I am a little surprised how few words it is that I don't know. The disposition of the book is interesting. There are two separate plots going on at the same time. At first it seemed like the two had nothing to do with each other, but gradually I understood that this is not so. I'm certain this is not a mistake made by the writer but done deliberately. More and more connections between the two seemingly separate stories pop up. Reading this book will excite you, it will confuse you and it will frighten you, and if you give it an honest chance, you will not regret it! ------------- Another book I've read recently is Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down. I liked it a lot, it was a very long time since I read a whole book all in one day. There was a part in the middle that was a bit too much, but all in all it was a great book. It's New Year's Eve in London, England, and four different people accidentally meet on the roof of a 15-story building. They are all there for the same reason, to jump off the building, independently from each other, but the meeting ruins is it. Instead they agree to look after each other and from that point on, their life revolves around the four as a group. A weird ride follows. A very bumpy ride. Martin is a former national television breakfast-TV host who's lost everything because he slept with an underage girl. Maureen is a Catholic woman who has a 19-year-old son who is handicapped and she spends virtually all her time either looking after her son or in church. JJ is an American whose band just split up and he also broke up with his girlfriend. Jess is a messed up 18-year-old who is the daughter of an MP. Something is eating away at her, something that has something to do with the mysterious disappearance of her older sister Jen. The only thing these four have in common is their intention to end it all, but never the less they are drawn to each other. It is a very interesting and captivating book to read. Sometimes the plot seem a bit far out and far fetched, but if you just let yourself get caught up in it, in the moment, it's hard to put the book down (obviously it was for me anyway). It was the first ever Hornby book I've read. I'll admit one reason why I haven't read any of his other books is partly because I suspect that all the hype surrounding those books might have made my expectations too high, and I fear the books may not live up to the hype. But now I might just have to re-define that view. Edited November 18, 2006 by Doktor Kosmos Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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