Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mount To Be Read

The other day I remember talking about books that have sat on your to be read pile for ages and it is about time you read them. I have mine! A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I have wanted to read this book for ages, but yet it sits. I remember putting it on my small to be read pile back when I first moved to this house, and sit there it has remained. It's won awards, people have told me to read it, and there it remains. So, I took it off the pile and moved it to the nightstand today. Hopefully by the end of the year, this will move up in the world from a book I have not read to one I have. Wish me luck!

Also while I was cleaning I found The Attack by Yasmina Khadra. I have read his other book, The Swallows of Kabul, and when I saw this one I bought it in hardcover (from Costco, but still, hardcover) and then it proceeded to fall behind my shelves! So, now I have reclaimed my anticipation for reading this book. He has other books which I have not seen yet, but this one I had to get as soon as I saw it? Why? It has a pretty cover. I would have bought it eventually anyways, but what if it got a bad cover when it came out in softcover? Now, I will read it and see if the inside matches the outside. Now, do not get me wrong, it is dark subject matter. I just meant that I hope the book is as well written as the cover is designed.

Off to continue my search for classics!


  1. OMG that cover is gorgeous!!! What's the book about??? Damn it now I'm curious. LOL.

  2. From Amazon:

    Khadra, the pseudonym of Mohammed Moulessehoul, an exiled Algerian writer celebrated for his politically themed fiction (The Swallows of Kabul), turns his attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this moving novel unlikely to satisfy partisans on either side of the issue. Dr. Amin Jaafari is a man caught between two worlds; he's a Bedouin Arab surgeon struggling to integrate himself into Israeli society. The balancing act becomes impossible when the terrorist responsible for a suicide bombing that claims 20 lives, including many children, is identified as Jaafari's wife by the Israeli police. Jaafari's disbelief that his secular, loving spouse committed the atrocity is overcome when he receives a letter from her posthumously. In an effort to make sense of her decision, Jaafari plunges into the Palestinian territories to discover the forces that recruited her. Khadra, who nicely captures his hero's turmoil in trying to come to terms with the endless violence, closes on an appropriately grim note.

  3. Wow, that sounds like one helluva read! I mean, it does sound fantastic. Are you going to read it?

  4. yes, hopefully this month. :)

  5. I've read both books and despite the dark (ish) content, I enjoyed both immensely, hope you do, too.


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