I hope to add my thoughts on each book at some point, for now all’s I can do is list them!
The Cost of Discipleship – Bonhoeffer
I’m not sure anymore if I actually made it to the end of this book, but nonetheless it’s been so long that it’s time to do it again, in order to claim having read it! The quote that keeps me going back to it is here.
This book by Sinclair Lewis is another book which I struggled to read. But it was merely because it was so well written! As we get to know the true character, the initial irritation with the man Babbit begins to fade. His persona is an expression of the ‘fake’ or ‘facade’ of the American man of the early 20th century.
When I got to the end of the book, there’s one sentence that culminates the whole book, and I burst into tears.
Another great book by Alexandre Dumas, its one of six in a series about the life of these four men of French history. I’m not sure how much fact and how much fiction, but it isn’t a story that has a Hollywood ending. One of the books is ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’ and differs pretty significantly from the movie made.
Works by Jacob Abbott:
This book was one that I found so hard to read! But it was so good to have gotten through it. The first few paragraphs ended up being a kind of poem that described the whole rest of the book.
My mother’s sister, Auntie Barbara, gave me this book upon the birth of our son, Ashton, which is the name of the protagonist in the story.
I’ve always loved this piece about a man who becomes flustered trying to do his banking. I’ve found it on-line, and have copy/pasted it here to my blog. If only because webpages come and go. The original page is here.
Another favourite poem
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn