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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book review...

Books, books, books....
I was telling an 8 year old girl the other day about the fact that 
when I was a kid, we didn't have a library in our neighbourhood.
Instead, every 2 weeks my sister and brother and I would ride our
bikes to the parking lot of Loblaws grocery store to find
The Bookmobile.
A rolling library of a truck filled with escape and wonder.
I read voraciously as a child but found it too
much of a chore as a teenager.
It was too much like doing homework.
Not until I became a young adult and lived in places 
without electricity or television, did I rediscover the joys
of reading again.
I find it fascinating that I can go from the 
tombs of Egypt, to the coast of Devon, to the wild west or even
into the future through the words of a book.
Speaking of the wild west...
I've just finished this book...
A very strange and quiet Western about 2 brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters.
Assassins during the mid 1800's in the days of violence and debauchery.
The tender relationship between the two brothers, the unbreakable bond of blood
and their adventures through California / Oregon to do one last
'job' which changes their lives.
I never thought I would like a Western.
I spent months in a cabin with about 20 Louis L'Amour novels
and I thought that was the last of my cowboy book reading days.
Anyway, excellent story telling by a Vancouver Island boy.

 In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
- Mortimer J. Adler

3 comments:

island sweet said...

i also started out reading life in a bookmobile!
this book is on my definite list.

toomuchaugust said...

we lived too far out of town, but once a month, right before our books were due, our mom would drive us to town and each of us (5) would check out another stack of books. oh, the thrill of a new book. this one sounds right up my alley!

farmlady said...

We did have a small library in town when I was little. It was a portable building in a park. Mom and I would go every week and I can still remember the anticipation and fun of bring those books home and reading them.
This book sounds like a story I would like, but I just received Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder from Amazon and I will be reading it for a while in between everything else.
I will keep your book in mind. I do like westerns.