More Catching Up

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A quick update before I dig back into more books!

Finished up:
Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Liked it a lot, critique of post-Colonial Kenya from socialist perspective. Sometimes a little propaganda-like, but moving story, nonetheless.
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Disturbing picture of Libya circa 1979 from the perspective of a 9 year old boy. Good, and particularly fascinating in our current world situation.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Gulag life in the late 1940s. Wanted to like it more than I did. Interesting, but ultimately not that moving for me.

You will see that I’m cruising on my Around the World list, and will be done with it when I finish Dom Casmurro, which looks to be a quick easy read. I’m totally frustrated that the Pulitzer reads for November and December and the Great African Reads selections over the last 3 months are no help with my 1001 books list. I’d love to be able to double up with them as I did with most of my Around the World list books. Ok, enough whining. I need to read!!! 

Around the World: S. America: 1 2 3; Other: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

1001 Books List: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Pulitzer: Oct Nov Dec
Nobel: Oct Nov Dec (giving myself credit for Nov and Dec, since these didn’t exist)
Great African Reads: 1 2 3


About Beth Parks Aronson

I am Associate Professor of Psychology at Lamar University. Previously, I was a psychologist in private practice in Jenkintown, PA where I specialized in anxiety disorders and working with people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. I am a little addicted to good literature. Ok, a lot addicted.
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2 Responses to More Catching Up

  1. vanbraman says:

    Maybe the January Pulitzer selection will allow you to double up to get a start on the new year. We are reading The Good Earth. Written by Nobel Prize Winner, Pearl Buck, and set in China. However, it is not a 1001 book. Why, I don’t know. It is much better than many on the list.

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