Three Books

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So here’s my dilemma. I started reading American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips, his discussion of America’s reliance on oil, the politics of oil, how everyone in politics seems to be involved in oil and on top of that how the evangelical movement that seems so strong in the U.S. now has a long history behind it. But, well, it’s not a compelling read for me. Informative. Important. But not compelling.

So I found myself ordering Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart and getting right into that. Good writing. Absurdist/realist situations. Though I’m not convinced about this either. It’s hard to love the main character, who is massively overweight and seems always to be eating some greasy food and handling his man-breasts. Yecch! Though I can see I’m going to like the story.

But then I’ve just barely gotten into Absurdistan when I see that Alan Furst’s latest, The Foreign Correspondent, is available, so I order that right away. Alan Furst’s books are so good. Tom Peters turned me on to him a couple years ago and after reading one of his books, I went through all of them, in order. What a treat. Pre-WWII espionage, people who aren’t spies drawn into the spy business. And the descriptions and the details and the historical research is just delicious. You savor these books. So, I don’t want to start in on this unless I know I won’t have any distractions. I want to luxuriate in the time and the place and among the people Mr. Furst conjures. And already, even before I’ve begun, I don’t want it to end. My dilemma.

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One response to “Three Books

  1. I wonder how you eventually liked “The Foreign Correspondent”?
    Because I was rather disappointed: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/the-foreign-correspondent-by-alan-furst/