For those of you have been following along with me and my journey with the manuscripts of J.A.Wells’ work, you will know that I believe he is a tremendous storyteller.
Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.
I’m reading Moby Dick as part of a personal challenge titled: My List of Betterment. I’ve been delighted and surprised at the contents of the book.
A Bookish Observation: The words that came to mind while listening to this audiobook were: wonderful and beautiful. Why wonderful? Why beautiful?
Re-reading – still a difficult read! A bookish observation: I thought I would find “Possession” easier to read this time around. I was wrong! I read it twenty years ago, since then my reading experience is more extensive, my concentration is good and I have a strong desire to elevate my reading experience to another level. So why did I find this book so difficult to read, again! Equipped with my new Kindle Touch eBook reader, with its easy access to a Dictionary and Wikipedia I was all set to go. I’d wanted to re-read this book for years. I was ready! So what happened?
A bookish observation: I’ve just finished listening to The Dante Club AudioBook and will miss inhabiting it very much. The environment of the “fireside poets” and their city of Boston was really interesting, learning about Dante’s poetry was enlightening and the mystery that held it all together moved along at a pace that suited me very well. And very importantly, as listeners will know, the audio-reading of a book can make it or break it, John Siedman’s reading of this book matched to story’s voices perfectly. A lovely long listen. Well done Matthew Pearl! Don’t miss it everyone, it’s a goody.