Friday, September 14, 2007

The Professors House (by Willa Cather)

The beginning and ending of this book were fabulous. I mean it; really different from any Cather I've read before, and really terrific. The middle part was like Brokeback Mountain without all the sex. I mean it perked up at the end. But you know how I feel about descriptions of scenery. Blah blah scenery.

A friend of mine at Pope Hilarious actually taught this book; and I want to sit down and talk with her about it. After that conversation, I'm sure I'd have more to say. I'm just burned out this week. What are you gonna do?

I have a feeling this is a very good book.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (by Francine Prose)

I read this while camping a couple of weekends ago. It's a book about savoring language, which is great when I'm generally blasting through the classics reading them holistically and deciding yay or nay. It's good to be reminded that some books are all about the sentence, some are about the paragraph, some are about the characters... way more, for me, about reading than writing. I guess nothing I didn't know. But an enjoyable, breezy read nonetheless.