Gary (norightturn) wrote,

Reading Challenge, Book 1

Last night I finished In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It was published in 2000 but is based on several firsthand narratives of the sinking and subsequent travails of the crew of Nantucket's Essex in the 1820s.  Although non-fiction, it was adapted by Melville for Moby Dick several decades later.

I enjoyed the book, but then again I like everything about the was because of the 1,500+ piece Maersk cargo ship model that I got back into Lego, and my favorite vacations are cruises.  If I hit the jackpot tomorrow, the first thing I'm doing is buying a yacht (well, maybe I'll hire the seamen first).  Attached is a pic of what looks like a group of jaunty boys frolicking on's actually a screen shot (yay, Kindle!) of one of the illustrations from Heart of the Sea meant to convey the hardships of long ocean voyages (it's not giving away too much to say that cannibalism is a plot point).  I don’t think the movie version got great reviews, but I’m still excited to see it. (Although it was last year and won’t count for this challenge, as a sort of inoculation against spoilers I read the novelization of Force Awakens before seeing the film. Alas, these reverse adaptations don’t work very well and I wouldn’t recommend the “book.”) By the way, what the hell is 'salt junk'??

My quandary:  I'm not sure what category of the reading challenge this book falls in.  Closest I can manage is 'book previously abandoned' because I actually stated it last year.  But, it was December of last year, and it's only January now!   It’s like saying I "abandon" work every evening when I go home.  Anyway, suggestions appreciated.

For my next book, I was going to read a recent translation of Madame Bovary, about an adulterous doctor's wife, as my 'book previously banned' (because of how tawdry it was for the time) but I didn't feel like schlepping a hardcover with me today (incidentally, it's #9 on this list of David Bowie's favorite books:  Luckily, Tj came back from a weekend visit to Oregon just last night and as a souvenir brought me back The Lathe of Heaven by Ursual K. Le Guin from Portland's famous bookstore, Powell's.   The endorsement on the front cover is a blurb by Michael Chabon (author of Yiddish Policemen's Union and Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, among others), also introduced to me by Tj.  This one will be my 'book chosen by spouse.'

Speaking of books, George R.R. Martin announced on his blog that the final installment of the Games of Thrones series would be delayed, resulting in the unusual phenomena of the television version actually preceding the source material.  His platform?  None other than LiveJournal.

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