telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Bookdown: Nos 1-3 by Barbecue Bros
March 4, 2009, 1:17 pm
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I like Eller‘s idea to review every book he reads this year and am going to steal it, if only to keep track of what I’m reading with the copious amounts of free time I’ve had lately.


1. Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman (2008, 288pp) – Klosterman’s first novel, and he largely sticks to writing what he knows – namely growing up in a small town in South Dakota. He alternates and weaves the narratives of three main characters – a backup football quarterback, a new teacher at the high school fresh out of college, a 73-year old man who spends his days drinking coffee and gossiping – whose lives are intertwined simply by living in a small town of less than 1000. I still enjoy Klosterman’s style of writing and found it to be a pretty quick read, albeit with a somewhat unsatisfying ending.


2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002, 336pp) – I only knew of this book because of the forthcoming Peter Jackson film later this year. The book starts off in a gripping fashion, detailing the murder of Susie Salmon, the protaganist, but lulls a little in spots as Susie observes her friends and family from heaven. While there are other gripping moments sprinkled throughout the book, one fantastical moment towards the end lost me. Otherwise, not a bad read if a little long.


3. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer (2005, 272 pp) – A book of stories which “examines soccer’s role in various cultures as a means of examining the reach of globalization.” Each chapter focuses on a specific country and topic, such as the racism behind the Rangers-Celtic rivalry, the role of the Red Star Belgrade’s hooligans in Slobodan Milosevic’s regime and AC Milan’s president who eventually became prime minister of Italy. I read this quite quickly during my plane ride to Ireland, partly because of my interest in the subject matter and partly because the pages have large margins. Recommended for soccer fans.

Currently reading: Blink by Malcom Gladwell

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