Monday, August 09, 2021

Shibumi


Shibumi, Trevanian tr. Anne Damour

Super good story. A little compressed though. There's a fairly uneventful section on spelunking in the middle whose purpose I understand but of whose length I am a little unsure.

Nevertheless, the book shows an extraoridnary balance, making me think that maybe the middle is long for a mystic reason at which my shallow mind can only grasp.

On a personal note, Shibumi argues very strongly against American–and American-influenced Western–culture. I am looking at North Americans in a new light after this.


Lavinia


Lavinia, Ursula Le Guin

Well-told story in Le Guin's characteristically calm depth.


Sunday, August 01, 2021

Nineteen Eighty-Four


Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Bad, then good, then really bad.

I've always felt that one should read all books that draw one's curiosity, but this book is one I would prefer to read about rather than read.