A Brief Review

Chalk it up to my new apartment being one of my favorite places in the world, a few hours spent by the pool, a good plot, whatever it may be. The reality is, I finished two books this weekend and it felt GREAT. I found a number of locations to curl up and I made it to the end of A Long Way Down and read Farenheit 451 from start to finish. I also managed a family lunch, a couple roomie dates, and an interesting experience at a Beercade (exactly what it sounds like. arcade + beer).

All in all – great weekend, great people, great reads.

A Long Way Down – Ever the sucker for dry, merciless British humor, I knew almost right away that I would enjoy this story. Nick Hornby is a great writer with a punchy sense of humor who really knows how to develop characters in the most interesting, understandable ways. You might have seen the preview for the movie adaptation (what a great cast). Basically, this book is about four people in London who are brought together because they are contemplating suicide, for very different reasons, at the same place at the same time on New Year’s Eve.  The subject is a tough one, but a friendship/pact/understanding develops between the foursome. They each back away from the ledge that NYE, but their almost-decision hangs in the air as each of them goes on with their lives after that night together. The story is poignant and enjoyable, even though the topic is grim. I laughed a lot during this book, and am definitely ready to read more of Hornby’s stories.

Farenheit 451 I wasn’t sure what this book was about before I read it, but I knew it had been censored in the US. Once I read it, I discovered how ironic that fact is. The story is about a dystopian future where books are outlawed. They are burned by firemen to dissuade people from thinking too hard about big picture ideas. Anything thought provoking is strictly prohibited. It’s interesting to find out the author, Ray Bradbury, wrote this during a time when book burning could have been a real thing. He wrote the story during the era of McCarthyism where it might have been dangerous to have thoughts that differed from “the norm”. I loved this story, and can understand why it is a classic that has survived the years. It’s smart and so beautifully written, and really makes you think about the world we live in. No books? Count me out.

In other news, book club is taking a bit of a hiatus as the summer months make it harder to plan concrete times to meet. We’re all over the place: dining al fresco, volleyballing on the beach, drinking on porches. Hopefully it’ll pick back up when the weather cools off again. Until then, I’m on my own. What should I read next?

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