Archive for February, 2008

A Corner of Paradise, A Father Bredder Mystery by Leonard Holton

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Even more interesting than the mysterious and challenging crime being solved, is the personal story of the detective, his daughter and her new less-than-satisfactory husband. The story was written in the 70’s and the plight of the young girl and her husband seems unique to that decade. The author brings in to the story the dedication of those in the religious life by both Father Bredder and a young postulant, Mary.

The main point of interest (Corner of Paradise) is actually a corner of a Paradise Persian rug set with stones and unbelievably found burred in a grassy area. The author has a unique way of keeping your interest. He tells a great story. I’d have liked to hear more about how the young girl made out in her marriage to the young man who had been accused of the crime early on.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

This title is my favorite book for 2007 as it provides a glimpse into life in the Middle East, the rise of the Taliban and traditional Muslim culture.  I read A Thousand Splendid Suns on the heels of The Kite Runner and observe two tales that are crafted in a similar manner from different points of view.  This book focuses on friendships of women and relationships between mothers and daughters while The Kite Runner details lives of men and relationships between fathers and sons.  I notice a slight disconnect in how the author glosses over the emotions of the women in the story.  The author narrates for the reader rather than embodies his characters. 

Given current world events, A Thousand Splendid Suns brings cultural and philosophical differences to the forefront while graphically depicting the violence and upheaval in Afghanistan over the past thirty years.  I found the general acceptance of the oppression of women in the culture eye opening as seen through the character of Rasheed, a middle-aged man who follows strict Islamic customs keeping his two wives on very short leashes.  Laila and Mariam, the wives, are different in age and temperament; yet develop the strength necessary to defy repression on several fronts.

This story is not written with such deliberate detail as The Kite Runner; however I personally enjoyed the empowering story of the women in A Thousand Splendid Suns over the sad self-discovery story of men in The Kite Runner.

Read them both for a short trip to a fascinating culture and a dangerous foreign land.

A Tendering In The Storm, reviewed by Kay Pierson

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Walter and I both read about a book per week – so we have many “favorites”.  I just finished reading an excellent book by JANE KIRKPATRICK.  It is entitled “A Tendering In The Storm”.  It is about a charasmatic religious leader and his attempt to move his followers from Bethel Missouri out to Washington State and Oregon (before they actually were states).  Ms. Kirkpatrick had done a lot of research with many families in order to write the book.  I think she did an excellent job.  The immigrants were from German descent and the book tells a lot about their beliefs, their crafts and their love of music.  It is a romance, an adventure story and a piece of history that I had not know about.  One of the best features is the list of characters and how they are interrelated.  It was placed at the beginning of the book and was a big help.
 
Kay

The Bone Garden

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

My favorte book for the year was Tess Gerrison’s The Bone Garden. It is a mystery spanning two centuries that you can’t put down. patti

Move Over Academy Award Winners!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

This month we are posting favorite books read in 2007. 

There is no grand award ceremony, however selections will be posted in cyberspace available far and wide to the global community!  Feel free to post your favorite here. 

You may even want to dress up in your favorite elegant evening gown or tuxedo before you type!