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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading

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Musing Mondays has been discontinued. Read this post. The host decides to move on but may decide (in a month or two) to come and pull it back out of hiding.

In lieu of Musing Mondays, and in order to fill in my Monday slot, I now participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Journey. It is where book bloggers gather to share what they have read this past week and what they plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

The Week in Review
Soul Mountain Xingjian Gao. [Book review] I re-read this novel but first time in English, since I read it in Chinese when it came out in 2000. Although readers complaining about the alternating 1st- and 2nd narratives, which impose much confusion, the novel is important work in modern Chinese literature as Gao lambastes the self-sacrificing ideology of the Chinese Communist Revolution that effectively silenced artists and writers who depended on their creativity of self-expression.

Thanksgiving holidays and visit of book bloggers mean that I haven’t got much reviews done this past week. I usually read one book at a time and so no more than one book review is posted every week. I managed to start The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox, a crime thriller with literary flair. The sly sense of humor beneath the narrative brings out the bizarre and dangerous hypocrisies of Victorian England. The book has an academic setting. I will continue to peruse this one along with The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha.

3 Responses

  1. I have never read a crime thriller with literary flair so I’m anxious to read your thoughts on this one!

  2. @Staci me too. I now want to know how it’s like. Mostly I would judge any crime-detective novel as pulp fiction.

  3. I know non-fiction is not your thing. But, “All the Devil’s are Here” by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera is a must read for everyone who is interested in the history of this current economic mess we are in…it reads like a thriller, and every other page is a one of those “stranger than fiction” moments. It all started back in the 80’s just kept building on one outrageous decision heaped on another. George H. W. Bush was right in 1980-when he stated the proposed new economic thinking was “voodoo” economics. We are now living that legacy.

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