The Good Earth

I finally got back to work on April 4th. It has been a long time and I have truly missed everything about the library. I attended the last Klatch meeting as a participant and that was really strange; how freeing it was to be just part of the group. I hope I didn’t behave badly!

So this month we are reading Peal S. Buck’s classic, “The Good Earth.”  Many in the group have read this before but I honestly do not think I have. So far I am enjoying the story very much.  What can we say about a novel that has been read and beloved by so many; we will see…

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I’m Back (almost)

I had my surgery (labyrinthectomy) on February 28 and am doing much better. For a while I could not focus on the computer;  it was too much of a strain on my eyes. But, that has cleared up and my biggest challenge is just general balance issues. So, I am doing a lot of walking and eye exercises and hope to be back to work before the next Klatch meeting.

I’m also able to read for long periods of time again so am “eating-up” East of Eden. I’ve never seen the movie and am tempted to borrow and watch it,  but will wait until after finishing the book. I try to picture Cathy (Kate) and all I can see in my head is the girl from the Exorcist! I’m sure Cathy is not that obviously wicked but I think that Steinbeck’s question about people being born evil, just as some are born with physical defects, is an interesting question for discussion…

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East of Eden

The next book on our list is East of Eden by John Steinbeck which we will be discussing on March 22. Book Klatch friends, I have several books and recordings saved for you behind the desk. Please pick them up as soon as possible. This one is 601 pages long. I’ve read up to page 45 and so far am hooked!

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Back from vacation

Well, I’ve returned from vacation and finally getting back into the proper sleep  pattern. While I was gone, I read Water for Elephants. Despite it’s brutality, I couldn’t stop reading; I had to know how everything worked out. I made it through the book and I have to say my favorite thing about it was the ending. After reading this book, I have absolutely no desire to see the movie. I have heard that the movie is not much like the book but I don’t want to take a chance. It’s too much for me.

Then I started listening to The Other Bolyen Girl. Again I can’t stop although I’m feeling like it will never end. The king is a shallow, selfish, dolt; Ann is a beautiful, smart, manipulator; and I am so happy I did not live in their time and place. I haven’t finished and I have no idea how much more there is because I am listening on a Playaway. The sexual desires and deprevity of those in power and seeking to be in power has not changed a bit, ie. Newt, John Edwards,  Senator (now Mr.) Weiner, etc.

Tomorrow we meet to discuss The Paris Wife. Hope you can join us at 11 am in the Sargent Meeting Room.

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Papa, a Personal Memoir

I finished reading Papa, a personal Memoir.  To say that the Hemingway boys had an unusual childhood is an understatement. Perhaps their life wasn’t much different from that of other famous and well-to-do people’s children, but I sure wouldn’t know (my friends and family didn’t fit either category and that’s just fine).

Living with such an eccentric and unstable person had to take a toll on the boys. Ernest constantly needed approval from others, he had to be “The Best,” he needed the attention of younger, beautiful women to make him feel “like a man” leading to multiple marriages and affairs. Trying to win the love and approval of such a man left Gregory a very damaged person.

Gregory told a compelling, although not particularly well written, story filled with interesting anecdotes. It’s a short read and if you want a peak into their family life, I would recommend reading it.

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Yesterday…

I know that yesterday I said that I only wanted light reading for a time, but I just couldn’t help myself. I don’t seem to be able to stop thinking about Hemingway so I have started reading, Papa: a Personal Memoir by Gregory H. Hemingway, M.D.  Not only am I interested in what it was like to live with the man, I am also curious about how this memoir was written.

We are very fortunate to have the talented Linda Loomis, a professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at SUNY Oswego, teaching writing classes here at the library from time to time. I have taken her memoir writing class and want to see what Gregory did with his story. I’ll let you know what I think. Have you read this?

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