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Tell us what books you are reading right now, find books that every e-book worm could enjoy



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Books with an academia or schooling focus or setting

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:15:53 GMT

Any good recommendations on this front? I think it may be my first recommendation request thread here, but I just thought of it after finishing Lucky Jim which I really enjoyed. It can be either from the teacher's or student's point of view (or neither or both), or perhaps might focus more on researchers/scholars and the like. I would generally prefer a focus on higher eduction/academia but I also like good YA and don't mind any type of school setting. If it is younger than higher education then I prefer boarding school/select school settings but again any type can do if the book is good (I purposely left out some school descriptors that might be confusing for a bi-pondal audience, but the idea is clear enough I think). Some of my favourite books include Brideshead Revisited and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I also enjoyed The Historian; many didn't but I think the academia atmosphere helped warm me to it. It goes without saying I suppose that I love the Harry Potter books and films, and also the first book of Pullman's trilogy, Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, and I loved the first Kingkiller book The Name of the Wind especially for the schooling, and I liked A Separate Peace. I even liked (get ready to clutch your pearls) The Da Vinci Code, again probably warmed by the (if you must, pseudo-)scholarly atmosphere. One book that disappointed me was The Secret History despite its focus. Some of my favourite films include Educating Rita, Love Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the Indiana Jones films, Chariots of Fire, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Beautiful Mind. I also really liked Borstal Boy, Another Country, If..., the Swedish film Evil, the French film Wild Reeds, Good Will Hunting, Heathers, Election, Never Let Me Go, The Oxford Murders, The History Boys, Dead Poets Society... Well, I could probably keep going but I think you have the gist of it! I already have Zuleika Dobson, Mister Pip, The Finishing School and The Getting of Wisdom on my tbr and I'm reading Of Human Bondage, and I guess it almost goes without saying that I'm probably aware of any book/film counterparts to any already mentioned.



Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:29:42 GMT

I read this through the Kindle Unlimited program, and this book has paid for this year's KU subscription all by itself. I have cross posted this review to the the book's Amazon's reviews pages. This is the true story of Giuseppe "Pino" Lella, an overly romantic teen-ager who had lived a relatively privileged upper middle class childhood in Milan. It is a sort of coming of age story that covers the last two years of World War II. It was an odd time for Italy. It was at war with the Allies, but it was also sort of fighting a passive-aggressive war with Germany, who was increasingly becoming an occupying force and not an ally. Italy wanted to lose one war, and win the other, and they really wanted the Americans with whom they felt a kinship, to get to be the ones to liberate them first. At age 18, all boys were drafted into the Italian Army to be used as cannon fodder for the Germans in Russia or Poland. His parents convince him to join the Organization Todt, which was a German run auxiliary army that pretty much did Germany's 'dirty work' in Italy. He reluctantly does so and inadvertently becomes General Leyers driver. Leyers, an engineer by training, is Hitler's right hand man in Italy, and reports directly to Hitler. He is responsible for making sure Italy fully supports German war efforts. His methods included slavery, murder, torture, and of course, sending Jews to the concentration camps. When Pino's uncle learns of this, the uncle reveals that he works for the Italian Resistance, and wants Pino to spy on Leyers. I won't reveal any more, this true story has to be read to fully understand. It is very well written and very moving. I can't believe this won't be made into a movie at some point. Pino Lella's story is too fantastic, and too compelling for Hollywood to overlook.



Literary Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 17:26:25 GMT

*Murder in the Cathedral* is poetic drama in two parts, with a prose sermon interlude, the most successful play by American English poet T.S. Eliot. The play was performed at Canterbury Cathedral in 1935 and published the same year. Set in December 1170, it is a modern miracle play on the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. The play’s most striking feature is the use of a chorus in the Classical Greek manner. The poor women of Canterbury who make up the chorus nervously await Thomas’s return from his seven-year exile, fretting over his volatile relationship with King Henry II. Thomas arrives and must resist four temptations: worldly pleasures, lasting power as chancellor, recognition as a leader of the barons against the king, and eternal glory as a martyr. After Thomas delivers his Christmas morning sermon, four knights in the service of the king accost him and order him to leave the kingdom. When he refuses, they return to slay him in the cathedral. This is the MR Literary Club selection for August 2017. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it? Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/A9K4xyS0UwI/hqdefault.jpg