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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Do you read more than one book at a time?

Do you read just one book until is finished, or do you have multiple books going at a time?  Right now I'm bouncing around between three books:

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel

Whack A Mole: A John Ceepak Mystery

Of the three, there is no 'clear winner' with respect to grabbing my attention.  Still, I'm enjoying all of them too much to consider throwing any one overboard.

In contrast, I was not able to get all the way through The Twin (Rainmaker Translations)without resorting to skimming.  Although The Twin is a good story, and I thought about it a great deal when I wasn't reading it, I didn't have the patience for it.  This probably reflects more upon me than the quality of the novel.

The Twin is the story of a farmer whose twin brother died when they were young adults.  Now the farmer is an old man, caring for (or more accurately, not taking care of) his elderly father.  If fiction falls roughly into two categories, either an escape from reality or a look at the human condition, The Twin falls into the second.   If you are feeling calm and reflective, pick it up.  It might also be a good book for a book club selection as it presents many points for discussion about self-knowledge and how we elect to live our lives.


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