Books, Books

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Tempted by a review by Jew Wishes, I am currently reading The Last of the Just. It is a truly good book and I advise those who haven’t done so to read it.

I have also just bought L’hébreu biblique en 15 leçons (no need to translate I guess) and am thoroughly enjoying it. The title is a little misleading in that the lessons are so rich and informative that they need to be read in smaller portions. The approach, however, is fascinating and reminds me of a university lecturer who would urge us to read English grammars which she found to be as exciting as thrillers.

Before that I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. A colleague had read it lent it to me and I have found it to be fine if you want to read something with a quaint flavor and that is well-written. The tone is amusing and refreshing even though the story is set during WWII. When I had finished this epistolary novel, I realized Jew Wishes had reviewed it too.

Recently I have also read a book by a French neurologist and psychiatrist – Boris Cyrulnik – about his childhood as a survivor of the Holocaust in occupied France. Understandably enough, this period has had a profound impact on his whole life and he has thus specialized in psychological resilience. His latest book has not been translated into English yet but the others have.

Any good book you have read lately and would like to recommend?

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12 thoughts on “Books, Books

  1. Coincidentally, just the other day, my mother also suggested that I read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society”. Now with your recommendation on top of hers, I look forward to reading it more than ever. (I’m waiting for my sister to finish it, so I can borrow it next.)

  2. Thank you so much for the links.

    The Last of the Just is excellent, and I’m glad I read it.

    I finished reading Marcel Moring’s In a Dark Wood, and have to write the review.

    I just finished reading Abraham Joshua Heschel’s I Asked for Wonder…excellent and illuminating.

  3. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” – what a curious title!

    I just finished a wonderful biography of Louisa May Alcott: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen. I am now reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. My son started the Grossman book after I started it and finished it in a little over a day.

  4. I have a coffee table full of books right now, just waiting to find the perfect time and energy to read.

    I admire your love and zest for books. I have felt that too in my life.

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