Read a number of books in the last few weeks and a couple of re-reads.
My War Gone By, I Miss It So, Anthony Loyd
Freaking great book by war correspondent Anthony Loyd. This is about his time during the Bosnian War and the Chechen/Russian Conflict with personal parts. You thought the concentration camps and conflicts of the World Wars were bad... The Bosnian parts are riddled with such brutality from man its sad, all for the sake of killing cos they can. It's such a jumble of a mess, 3 factions fighting each other and themselves with civilians caught in the middle. Highly recommended. Finished it this afternoon.
In The Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick
Another great book on what a human can endure. This is on the story of the Nantucket Whale ship, the Essex. This is the real life story that was the inspiration to Moby Dick. Men adrift in the Pacific for 80+ days which ultimately led to cannibalism and question of sanity.
The Girl in a Swing, Richard Adams
Super good and creepy story taking place mainly in England. A shop keeper is in the Netherlands on business and falls in love with a strange girl from Germany. This is a ghost story and thriller, and very weird. From the author of Watership Down.
A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney.
Hell you can't go wrong with this guy. Cracks me up while totally making sense. Second book of his I've read. Found at Grandma's during Thanksgiving.
The Crucible, Arthur Miller
We all know this story. I seen it on the boob tube and stage, I found it on my cousins bookshelf (also during Thanksgiving) and tore through it. A good symbolism between the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. Afraid of what we don't understand and concepts.
The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
Also found on my cousins book shelf. This book was torture to be honest. The characters I couldn't stand, but the setting was great, between France and Spain. The characters were labeled as expatriates from US and UK. They were pompous and shallow. I would rather read about the exploits and binges of Kerouac and Cassidy any day. Regardless, a group of friends that hate each other head to Spain for fishing and bullfighting. On the bright side, the writing of the bullfighting was great and makes me was to go to one. This man loves to write about drinking.
A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
This was a good and tragic love story. Taking place during WWI from the perspective of an American working as an ambulance driver for the Italians, while falling in love with a nurse from Scotland who is also assisting the Italians. Hemingway wrote in away that made it easy visualizing the war and setting. This man loves to write about drinking.
Now onto a new book.