Sunday, February 11, 2007

Cat's Cradle

I actually had a rather nice day yesterday. The ship pulled into port so Wes was able to call me. And he called me twice today. So at least I got to talk to him.

Beth, while getting a BA in English literature I had to read The Stranger twice. The classes I took focused on colonial literature. This introduced to excellent authors like Rushdie and Achebe. But the university apparently thought that if you were getting a degree in literature you must have already read the "real" classics. Go figure.

Today, I read Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Several years ago a Polish friend of mine recommended Vonnegut. I had no idea who he was and it took me this long to get around to it. I wish I had started sooner. This book was amazing, funny, thought-provoking and absolutely wonderful. It was such an easy read and so enjoyable. I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately this is the only book of his that I own. I will be visiting the library quite a bit. Please go read this book right now.


Beth said...

Ya, I keep hearing about Vonnegut. Sounds like a trip to the library to get a copy of Cat's Cradle is in order for me.

I've never actually read any Rushdie (although I did get to hear him read a bit from one of his books and be interviewed at UBC a few years ago, but Achebe's Things Fall Apart is one of my favourite books. Having been married to someone doing his BA, and then his MA, in English literature meant I had a lot of good books lying around the house and got to hear about when all the good authors were in town.

Beth said...

Just saw your comment on my blog... I'm glad that my posting resonated with you. And I want you to know that you are one of the people who I was talking about when I said "blogs of people that I didn't really know who put their lives out there for all the world to read. And I yearned to be even half as open as they were." Your writing taught me a lot at a time when I really needed it. Thank you!