tsc said:Cesar's Way - the Dog Whisperer....trying to deal with my still distructive mutt.
Crash Out- story of Sing Sing's worst breakout. Really good book with a lot of interesting history of NYC gangs.
vaughan said:I just read the Malcom Gladwell article on cesar the dog whisperer in the New Yorker a few months ago- unbelievable! And the photo of him surrounded by 10 or so dogs going ballistic was incredible!
Michele Zone said:"Reading Lolita in Tehran". I think that was something someone here may have mentioned previously in this thread. I happened to have a gift card for a book store recently and that was one of the books I picked up with it.
Michele Zone said:It reminds me of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" in that both books make lots of references to other books in a way which makes me feel like I should read some of those books as well. :-\
I don't think it is absolutely necessary but I am considering reading those books and then going back to re-read it some day. The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a professor of English Literature. Each section of the book is named for a book or an author and refers often to whichever book or author it is named for. It uses the plots of those books as a kind of metaphor for what was going on in her life during various stages (the book itself is a kind of memoir).Hceux said:MZ, oh, does that mean I should read the other books before I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran"? If so, could you share the names of these books?
Michele Zone said:I don't think it is absolutely necessary but I am considering reading those books and then going back to re-read it some day. The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a professor of English Literature. Each section of the book is named for a book or an author and refers often to whichever book or author it is named for. It uses the plots of those books as a kind of metaphor for what was going on in her life during various stages (the book itself is a kind of memoir).
The first section is called "Lolita" and refers over and over to the themes in that book. As someone who has studied women's issues and other things she touches on a quite a bit, I had no trouble following her points, even without ever having read "Lolita". But if you have difficulty following her points, you might find it enriching to read "Lolita".
The second section is called "Gatsby". Again, I have not read "The Great Gatsby". I don't think I 'missed' anything in this book by not having that background but I suspect I would find it enriching to be more familiar with the story she refers to.
The third section is called "James" -- the last name of an author. The book most often referred to so far is called "Daisy Miller". I am in the midst of this section.
You could flip through the rest of the book and figure out the main theme of each of the sections and decide if you want to read some of these classics of English Literature as "background". Having used books, movies and other works of fiction as a means to understand my own life, I readily relate to her methodology. She is eloquent and insightful about Muslim culture and the revolution in Iran that she lived through and other things in a way I appreciate.
I don't have any specific plans about whether or not to read those books. I just find HER comments so intriguing, it makes me wonder about those books -- which doesn't necessarily mean those books will be wonderful books. Her insights are valuable and meaningful. Reading the books she references might add something to that but I fully realize the books themselve could be a disappointment. For example, I have read "Death of a Salesman" and other "classics" because they were assigned reading in High School. First of all, I think such assignments in high school tend to miss the mark -- they are often assigned because some adults find them deeply meaningful but that doesn't mean the teens will find it deeply meaningful. Second, it can be hard to convey the context in which the work originally appeared which made it an important work and I think classes often make no effort to convey the context. The changes which occurred after some important work appeared can make the important work seem "ordinary" in the eyes of later generations -- the way the special effects from "The Matrix" has infiltrated so much and is now ordinary and even redudant and not original but was very original and groundbreaking at the time.Hceux said:MZ, thanks for your detailed response. Wow, I didn't expect that reading this book would involve becoming educated or familiar with the English literature. It's just something that I never really got to do - reading classics that is.
By the way, I have read the Great Gasby. I didn't enjoy it. But, don't let me keep you from reading it.
tsc said:I just finished reading "Devil in the White City" loved the book.
I also read "Marley and Me" .. my mother told me to read it. Yes,,the dog was more destructive than mine...but I couldn't understand how they could put a very very old dog in a kennel for a week. He lost me there. I thought the book was a little self-serving. It did make he hug my old dog a little bit harder.
MZ, oh, does that mean I should read the other books before I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran"? If so, could you share the names of these books?
I still have about an eighth of the book to go, but I can tell you that my review is not mixed. This book is an excellent read. Some wonderfully thought-provoking story elements woven together. I'm looking forward to the ending as I feel it might be building to something quite unexpected.