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Old 03-31-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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I remember those. Darn, aging myself again. I said something about Pete Seeger to one of the ladies at work last week, and she said, "Who?" I said, "You know, the Weavers."
"Who?"
"The Limeliters, maybe?"
"Who?"
"Peter, Paul and Mary?"
"Who?"
"Bob Dylan?"
"Oh, yeah!"

I swear, it's a cultural wasteland. LOL
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Nowhere
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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I finished Max and the Cats. Life of Pi was "based on" a portion of Max and the Cats and maybe it was because Max and the Cats had no real "meat" (it's a very slim book), it just didn't do it for me. Life of Pi, on the other hand, well, we know that book REALLY worked for me.

I just read a few pages of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. I think I'm going to like this one a lot. I hope so! I'm looking forward to the workday (and dinner) being over with so that I can get to it! That's a good sign.
Now you've officially become the first person I know who has read both - did you find many/any obvious similarities between the two?
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I tried reading the weirdest book - Buffalo Woman Comes Singing by Brooke Medicine Eagle. I had ordered it from Amazon and I thought it was going to be some Indian-growing up story. It is a New Agey story, not my thing at all.

Instead the author talks about the Shinela tribe which she claims borders the Crow Reservation in Montana. I've never heard of the Shinela, so I Googled it and came up - empty. She talks about Lone Deer as a place name, so I Googled that too and came up - empty.

Then I Googled the author and came up with a Wikipedia entry that states she is not Native and that she never lived on the Crow Reservation, and that she allegedly forged papers saying otherwise.

The book is an old one, pre-Google. Am I crazy paranoid wondering if the author made up a so-called Shinela tribe? Has anyone heard of a Shinela tribe or a Lone Deer? I believe there is a Lame Deer in Montana.

Conveniently fitting into the Wikipedia entry, she claims to follow the Rainbow path, which would certainly be a good cover for someone who is not familiar with specific tribal customs.

I hate it when a book makes makes me feel like I am reading it under the influence of something I shouldn't be taking.
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Now you've officially become the first person I know who has read both - did you find many/any obvious similarities between the two?
The part with him on the boat with -- in this case -- a jaguar was similar but it was such a small part (it's really a very short book, just over 100 pages) and had no real details like Life of Pi did. Life of Pi was a FAR superior story. FAR.

Honestly, I don't recommend reading Max and the Cats. Its only appeal was because of Life of Pi, and it proved to be a disappointment.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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I read two consecutive 9/11-related books last week: 102 Minutes, and Covering Catastrophe (stories from the reporters who were at the attacks sites that day). After that, I needed something light and mindless, so I read Dan Brown's Lost Symbol. That was a pretty good read, entertaining and fast.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just read a few pages of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. I think I'm going to like this one a lot. I hope so! I'm looking forward to the workday (and dinner) being over with so that I can get to it! That's a good sign.
Oh my gosh, it seems that the first few pages of Let the Great World Spin are the only pages that aren't a struggle. I got to about page 45 and realized that if I had to read another 300 to get to the end, my head would explode clean off my neck. So, yeah, I'm giving up.

I'll probably start on Forever by Pete Hamill tonight.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I read two consecutive 9/11-related books last week: 102 Minutes, and Covering Catastrophe (stories from the reporters who were at the attacks sites that day). After that, I needed something light and mindless, so I read Dan Brown's Lost Symbol. That was a pretty good read, entertaining and fast.
Now that I believe. I've watched several specials on 9/11 on TV, including recently a documentary on the received telephone calls from people stuck in the towers. I needed light and mindless for a while after that.
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