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Monday, November 9, 2009

Listening and Waiting

I recently bought an mp3 download of Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk.

I love listening to books on audio. It is relaxing and I can squeeze in that kind of 'reading' easier throughout my day than sitting with a book. This time I chose Waiting for Columbus based on a post over at Books on the Nightstand by the voice narrator's wife. She moved me so much that I couldn't wait to get it.

I listened and I have to tell you that just listening had the 'can't put it down' affect on me. At one point in the book I couldn't turn off my mp3 player. I just couldn't. And at another point, I lost it. I broke down and sobbed.

This book tells the story of a patient in a mental hospital who believes he is Columbus. He weaves his stories of acquiring his ships for his great voyage and as he does, the truth about who he is, why he is there slowly but exquisitely unravels.

This book is absolutely beautiful with a capital B. Trofimuk dances with words the way Astaire dances with feet. Riddled with humor, sexual tension, mystery and tender feeling, this gets my vote for one the of the best books of 2009. I loved it so much that I plan on buying the hard cover because something that moving has to sit on my shelf. And I plan to read it, and maybe re-read it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Zookeeper's Wife Discussion

All right yous guys. I spent my weekend laid up with a nasty cold. But I'm here and I'm gonna get this wagon train a movin.

I'm not done with the book yet. I can tell you my impressions of it so far.

It started out a bit slow for me. There have been passages that lose my interest. But overall, I've been drawn to it to find out what's happening. I tried to imagine myself in Antonina's place. When the war first broke out in Warsaw, I was so floored with the thought of worrying about your child, not really having anywhere to take them to be safe. We truly live a very lucky life here in North America I think.

So far then, I'm impressed and absolutely going to finish.

How did you like the book?