Mar 9, 2010

Another Tuesday, Another Thought

Hey,friends! It's Top Sites Tuesday again at Blogdumps and this time, I thought I'd share some thoughts on a book I started reading recently. Since this isn't a book review blog, I don't normally write in detail about books I read. But literature is a form of art that I love and I find it valuable to cover the many different forms of art (musical, graphic, literary, contemporary, etc.)

Anyway, my friends and I started our own little reading group recently and we're currently reading "Forever" by Pete Hamill. It's one of his best selling novels which tells the story of a young man from Ireland who goes on a quest to avenge the deaths of his parents and honor the code of his ancestors.

Unlike most books I've read, this book started out somewhat slow for me. I wasn't used to the imagery and in-depth descriptions Pete Hamill uses in the early chapters. But as I read further on, I realize that all this brilliantly laid out the foundation for the novel. It created the basis upon which we can better understand the rich history surrounding the young man Cormac O'Connor in the novel.

Since Pete Hamill is most noted for his writings on New York and the city itself, you can expect this book to delve deeply into the history of New York. I'm not finished reading the book yet so I can't say what it's all about yet. But after I got through the first few chapters and followed Cormac past his childhood home outside of Dublin, Ireland and his years living under the name Robert Carson, I am learning more and more about the tensions between the different cultures involved (Irish and English, British and "Americans", and so forth). I can't wait to learn the buried secrets of Manhattan that Cormac will come to know and how it all plays in his fight against social injustice.

So anyone else reading any good books lately? Maybe you can share it all with us and other bloggers at BlogDumps. We'd definitely love to have you join us in our Top Sites Tuesday meme. Click the button below to learn more about Top Sites Tuesday. (Clicking the button also lets BlogDumps know I sent you there!)

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Trina said...

I have heard great things about that book and it's actually on my list of "To-read"s

Happy Tuesday!

Pete's Quiz said...

Sounds like a great book. I enjoy reading books about an immortal character, but these days I don't seem to find the time to read!

Clicks to you,

Wolfbernz said...

Wow, sounds like a really good book :) one of my customers recommended it.
Thanks for the review I guess I should pick this one up!

Clicks for you, Happy Tuesday.

oldereyes said...

I just finished "Disgraced," by J.M. Coetzee. It takes place in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. A professor's life falls apart when he has an affair with a student ... he goes to live on a farm with his estranged daughter where the racial tensions are high. Avery dar but thought provoking read.


Bud aka Older Eyes

Cacai M. said...

Hi, I click the link to let you know that am here. This is my first time for this meme and here's My Two Thoughts On (this) Tuesday, I hope you will welcome me.. :-) By the way, I will check that book you told. ~hugs~

Liggy said...

Thank you all for visiting and commenting. The book is getting more exciting! There are times I just pause and go "Oh my gosh!" out loud because I can't contain the excitement (or shock). Pete Hamill definitely gives you the unexpected (in a good way, of course).

Oh, it's also nice to see a new name come by - Cacai! Thanks for finding me, too. I've stopped by your page tonight and commented as well, but again, WELCOME!!!

Eliethel said...

Thank you Liggy for the suggestion! :) I always enjoy a good book with a lot of suspense so I'll make sure to add it to my list of "to-read"s after I finish Dan Brown's "the Lost Symbol" I'm currently reading, which is also very exciting. I'm looking forward to the movie :) (and to more free time for reading as well!!! :P). Cheers!