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Ed K Finally Reads Life of Pi

 Life of Pi by Yann Martel – it’s about time! (Book 34 of 2016)

I am a simple man, in more ways than one.  As such when I read, I like a straight forward story. Boy meats girl, boy cuts up girl into a thousand little pieces. Then my hero comes in and needs to figure out who the killer is before he can strike again. Another story may involve an evil person or group about to wreak havoc on the world. Again my hero must save the day! But every once in a while I visit the dark side. I read a book where the message is hidden and symbolism abounds. Such is the case with Life of Pi (book 34 for 2016) by Yann Martel. I’m confused! But I for one like the story with the animals.

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Whistling Past the Graveyard and Amazing Grace……

Separated by 30 years but has that much changed…..

Yesterday, i finished Whistling Past the Graveyard, the 48th book that I have read this year! Three more to go to reach my goal of 51! I finished the 47th book Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol a few days prior and as I thought about the books, I began to see similarities between the books. The big dissimilarity is that Whistling Past the Graveyard is a novel and Amazing Grace is nonfiction. The other is that Whistling Past the Graveyard is set in 1963 Mississippi and the children whose lives Jonathan Kozol writes about live in New York City in some of the poorest neighborhoods in our nation. But they both deal with the lives of black Americans. One happens at the time that black Americans were gaining their civil rights and dealing with overcoming deep-seated prejudices and a part of our nation that was being dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th century. While the other  views the lives of children in 1993 NYC who may now have those rights but are still fighting for equal treatment in a highly segregated  New York.

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Book 35 of 2012 – The Black House by Peter May

The island pictures above is An Sgeir (pronounced An Skeer). The island is about 30 miles north of the Isle of Lewis, which is part of The Outer Hebrides, located off the northwest coast of Scotland. It is the home of 30,000 Gannets (Guga) of which 2,000 of the young are harvested each year by the men of Lewis. (See photos here.) The tradition goes back 400 years and is one of the center pieces of Book 35 for 2012 Peter May’The Black House. 

Fin MacLeod, grew up on the Isle of Lewis and couldn’t wait to leave when he turned eighteen. Now many years later MacLeod is an Edinburgh detective, with a loveless marriage  that is crumbling due to the death of his only son. MacLeod is sent to Lewis to aid in the solving of a grisly murder that resembles a murder he has investigated in Edinburgh. But when he gets there he has to not only hunt the murderer but also face his own past!

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Book 22 of 2012 – The Last Kind Words – Tom Piccirilli

Book 22 0f 2012 is by Tom Piccirilli and it’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I can tell you it will not be the last!  The Last Kind Words   is a terrific book! But don’t just take my word for it here’s what some others think about the book:

“Mystic River set the bar for classic literary mystery, and The Last Kind Words is a novel on the same superb playing field. Compassionate, fascinating, and with an adrenaline narrative that is as gripping as it is moving, this book is pure alchemy.” —KEN BRUEN

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Book 21 of 2012 – The Black Tower – Louis Bayard

So I carry around a lot of trivia in my head, and most times I do well answering questions on Jeopardy, but there are two categories that would cause me to lose if I ever  appeared on the show. The first would be 80’s music, and the second would be royalty, be it British, French or any other, I know little about all those Henrys, Edwards, Tudors, Stewarts or the French Bourbons. So after finishing my latest read I showed it to my wife and told her I thought she would like it. Her response was “You reading about royalty?”  Anyway Book 21 for 2012 is Louis Bayard’s The Black Tower. The book caught my eye a while ago at Barnes & Noble and a couple of weeks ago when I found it on the bargain table for $ 3.99 I couldn’t pass it up. The book opens with the following passage:

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