August 03, 2008

The Sunday Salon

My reading picked up more this week but you wouldn't know it because my attention was divided among several choices. I just finished Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. It's a little different than what I expected but I need to think about it before I review it. I'm also working my way through Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. They give writing direction and encouragement from a Christian point of view. I am finding it pretty helpful, more than I thought it would be. I am also reading some short stories by W. Somerset Maugham called Rain and other South Sea Stories. They are interesting character sketches with strong endings. They remind me a little of Maugham's contemporary, Edith Wharton. The last title vying for my attention is the audio book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. It is an interesting biography about a young man who leaves all his possessions behind to pursue the ultimate backpacking trip through Alaska. He loses his life in the pursuit of enlightenment and a closer communion with nature.

This is our last week of swimming lessons and lifeguard training. It has been a good summer for hanging out with our friends and getting exercise. The summers from my childhood were never this restful. And I could use all the rest I can get as school will be starting soon enough. Have a great week everyone.


jlshall said...

Maugham has always been a favorite of mine, but I don't think he's read much anymore. Glad to see you're enjoying his stories. Hope the rest of your summer is just as nice as the part that's already gone!

John's comments said...

Yes C.S.Lewis is not simple
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Petunia said...

JLSHall-I had never heard of him before recently, though a couple of his titles sound vaguely familiar.

John-I think some parts are too simple. I want a couple of things explained in more detail. Guess I'll just have to read more of his work.

SmallWorld at Home said...

Mere Christianity is a heavy duty read, that's for sure! I think I'd have to read it a dozen times to begin to grasp it.