September 29, 2006
Another Book Meme
Chris Roach tagged me with this book meme, so here goes.
1. One book that changed your life?
Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton
2. One book that you have read more than once?
The Trial by Franz Kafka
3. One book you would want on a desert island?
4. One book that made you cry?
A Lotus Grows In The Mud by Goldie Hawn
5. One book that made you laugh?
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
6. One book you wish had been written?
Kirlian Justice, by me
7. One book you wish had never been written?
Any Chomsky book
8. One book you are reading currently?
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
9. One book you have been meaning to read?
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
10. Pass it on
Hugo and Matt Rustler and Matt Scofield
Posted by annika, Sep. 29, 2006 | TrackBack (0)
Annie, I've read the "Army at Dawn" and its wonderful. In my Walter Mitty life I'd be a WWII historian, basically a younger (and live) version of Stephen Ambrose. I love the modern version of WWII histories. So much of the current crop of history of that conflict shows the downside of how unprepared the US military was, even though by the time we got troops engaged we had been at it for at least 9 months. The cost was borne by those soldiers in North Africa who would spend the next 3+ years as prisoners. The only beef I have is that its only available in audio as an abridged version. Also that there should be a Volume II which I've never seen published.
Fine, don't tag me. I'm not hurt. Not at all, really.
Few people know that there were Marines who landed on Guadalcanal, who had never had any boot camp training. They learned to fire their weapons on the decks of transports. There were plenty of stories of NCO's being ordered to bootcamp at the end of the war to complete their basic training. In the hour of need, they had passed the ultimate test. They were willing.
Sorry Hugo, Of course I meant to tag you, but just as I was typing your name a crazed animal ran into the house and knocked over a thing in the kitchen starting a huge fire and then we lost all our electricity and so I wasn't able to until now.
Mrs. O'Leary's cow?
I'll consider myself tagged, and will recover from my miffedness, which is a word where I come from.
I have read many books unfortunantly my life prior to four years ago is a blur because of drug dependency. Nevertheless, some books I really liked and seemed to stick with me were All the Alexander Dumas books. He was funny and witty and his heroes were larger than life, but had a distinct morality.
I also liked Barbara Tuchman's histories. "A Distant Mirror", and "The Proud Tower". Another book which had a profound effect on me was "Free to Choose", by Milton and Rose Freidman.
I also read a lot of Tom Wolfe.
"7. One book you wish had never been written?
Any Chomsky book."
Amen! ** Enthusiastic applause to Annika. **