Totally non-Torah post, with apologies for the digression (I'm allowed one of these every one in awhile when I get tired, so bear with me): my wife discovered a new book club forming in the jblogsphere, and without her prodding the group chose to read one of her favorite novels, Villette, by Charlotte Bronte (my wife’s dissertation focusses on the work of Bronte). I’ve read this one myself and it is not light – far more complex than Jane Eyre, which is a high school standard. Now, my wife’s club consists of all females reading a female author, which got me curious as to what books people out there who read my blog (which I do not think attracts any female readers, at least none who have ever offered a comment) like to read. Yes, I’m a bit jealous that she is part of a book club and I'm not, but I’m not starting one here - just curious as to what people’s tastes are. When I mentioned Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer a few weeks ago and compared Fischer to David McCullough someone took umbrage, so I know there must be at least one history buff out there, but what else? Fiction or non-fiction? Escapism or serious reading? Do you read a single book start to finish, or work through multiple titles at the same time (my wife insists on the former, while I do the latter much to her consternation). I admit to being an avid reader with very eclectic tastes, but I guess I should be fair and answer my own question with a title or two. I’ll stick to fiction for now and highlight two authors who are favorites, and that should give you an inkling as to my taste: first is Umberto Eco, particularly for The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, and second, Robertson Davies, for The Deptford Trilogy and for The Cornish Trilogy, the best of which is the middle volume, What’s Bred in the Bone. I am willing to bet many of you have read or at least heard of Eco, yet far fewer have read or even heard of Davies. If anyone claims they have actually read anything by James Joyce or have completed Thomas Pynchon’s Gravitys' Rainbow and are telling the truth, I tip my hat to you. And if you have no idea who any of these people are and your favorite book is Talmud Bavli by Ravina and Rav Ashi, I also tip my hat to you for other reasons : )
More lomdus tomorrow bl"n!