Recent Purchases

Last weekend, the Beech Grove Public Library had one of their recurring book sales.  I showed up when they opened Saturday (the final day of the sale) when it was $3 per bag (and I mean grocery bag) of books.  I ended up purchasing 8 books:

The House Divides by Paul Wellman (more “Project: Civil War” fodder)

Reconstruction: The Ending of the Civil War by Avery Craven (ditto)

Sartoris by William Faulkner

The House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier

3 Short Novels (single volume) by Dostoyevsky (Notes from the Underground, Poor People, The Friend of the Family)

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett  (I’ve always wanted a copy of this)

3 Plays (single volume) by Eugene O’Neill (Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra)

and Finally “Short Story Masterpieces” edited by Robert Penn Warren & Albert Erskine with about 30 classic short stories (yum yum)

Anyone read any of these? Recommendations on what to hit first?

Now reading: Under the Dome by Stephen King

Actually, I started reading this book last Saturday.  When showing my new “nook” reader to a friend, I thought “well, let’s just buy & download a book right now as my first book to read via this ‘delivery method’…”  So, I bought this book which I had heard about and had been intrigued by the premise – a small town in Maine (there’s a surprise for a Stephen King book!) is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible, indestructible (at least through page 450) dome.  The people trapped within the dome try to deal with the situation, which includes many very, very bad and evil people who see the dome’s presence as an excuse to grab power.  The book moves pretty fast, but thus far – although I’m enjoying reading it – I’ve been less impressed with it than I have been with the dozen or so other King books I’ve read over the years.  I’ll relay a more detailed report upon completing it – hopefully before the end of the week.

Finally Finished!

Yes! I was able to complete this book over the weekend, reading the final 200 pages or so today.  I liked it very much, and it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.  I’ve written earlier that I’ve never seen the movie or read the book, and I was under the impression all the action took place during the Civil War, but the book goes well beyond the end of the war and far into the Reconstruction era.  I’ll write something longer about my overall impressions later, but wanted to brag that I had indeed finished this very long novel.

Another Progress Report: Gone With the Wind

I just finished with part four of GWTW (this is one loooonnng book – 959 pages in my edition). I have 170 pages to go – roughly four hours of reading at my ‘slow’ pace. Can I make it to the end today? We’ll see…

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