Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Reviewed: Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick; or, The WhaleMoby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great book that is so much more than just a hunting of a whale.  Or an obsession towards an objective truth.   This book is truly one I would take with me on an Island and read and re-read again.   The power of the whale is worth the great white hunt?"  Its also worth all the background material on Whales.  For the background gives the amazing quality that whales held on Nantucket and New England at one time.  One can not get to the heart of Ahab's folly without the heart exposed of a great white whale.    "I watched last night, on Nova, Scientists attempting to find the Wolverine, an elusive animal, that dodges, darts and hides from man. I recalled Ahab's search for Moby-Dick. The scientists held the same type of fanaticism to find their wolverines."
The theme in this book are tremendous and can relate to a variety of themes, ranging from God's Providence, the role of Government, the need to be brutal in this world;  Or is it a search for that one thing that gives us independence of God's dealing and the perceived human shackled existence.

This book will be read again and again, and is part of my essential library.

I also enjoyed the "Big Book Project" from the lads across the Pond in Plymouth U.K..  Listening to this project really helps me comprehend the book and the romantic notes written by Melville.

Haiku Summary:
Caught in that line,  - Ahab battled demons by - casting overboard.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Haiku: Traveling Late Again?

Running usually late:

Why, do I often think that 

  travel is instant?  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Haiku String to Kansas

I-70: flat-blues,
land stretching out between,
farm-field, farm, field, farm...

scare-crows welcome
you, across yellow grain fields,
"Will it ever end?"

Do we have enough -
gas?  till the next one ahead,
glad for triple A!

Or will we walk there,
like the Mormons pushing carts
through bitter winters.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Joyland Stephen King

Joyland by Stephen King

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Oct 04, 13  ·  edit

bookshelves: read-2013, pulp-fiction, crime-novels, ghosts
Read from September 30 to October 03, 2013

Did Stephen King have a variety of extras from earlier released material and pasted them into this story? It seems that this book was mailed in to meet a publishing quota.   Still, King is the master of childhood, summer and joy land.  Even his worse writing is terrific in exposing the moment when fairy land gets blown down and exposed to the brutal adult world.   The book was good not great. The book is for anyone who enjoys Stephen King or Pulp Fiction from the 1950's; just don't expect to be blown away on a ferry wheel built for two.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lakeland Florida Provides Readers a Dialog

Books Sandwiched In is a good investment in the community of Lakeland, Florida.   The monthly book gifts its members with the ability to see and appreciate the world from points of view foreign to our own, points of view that exceed our personal experiences.   The group is diverse; members include a former watermelon queen eighty years young, and a former teacher 39 years old.   We may not always enjoy the reads but the books engage us and kindle a willingness to participate.  Brenda Patterson keeps the groups focused on the humane similarities that keeps civilization upright so that our diversity does not fall into a left right paradigm grudge match.  The reading group is a worthy investment in the culture of Lakeland Florida, it is an oasis in a frantic world.

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