Saturday, June 05, 2010

Vacation reading

I bought a couple books yesterday to read on vacation. I don't really want to read work-related stuff, and I've been trying to read some classic older literature lately.

I intended to buy another book by John Steinbeck, because I like his writing style, and I actually had two of his books in my hand at different times, and I may go back and get one yet, but the two I ended up with yesterday are: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and Ernest Hemingway's Men Without Women. I grabbed the Vonnegut book at the last minute, because it was way cheaper than the rest. It's also pretty short. I don't know if I'll like it or not. The Hemingway is short as well, and I've always wanted to read one of his books. I have a feeling I may like it. We'll see.

I will probably also take along Francis Chan's book Crazy Love, and The Jesus Manifesto by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet, just in case I need more to read. I would prefer to leave those for my devotional reading though, and I am still thinking of going back and getting Steinbeck's Cannery Row or Tortilla Flat.


Jim said...

Enjoy "Slaughterhouse 5." It's fun!

I like Steinbeck, too - "East of Eden" is my favorite of his. Not as big a fan of Hemingway, but then again, I haven't read anything by him since college, and that's a long time ago, so maybe I should try again. Some day.

Have fun on vaca. With Les starting her new job next week (yay) and us trying to follow the Dave Ramsey thing, any time off I take this year will be centered around something exciting like cleaning out the garage. :o) Maybe we'll get to go back to CO next year. Hopefully.

dan horwedel said...

Thanks Jim.

Whisky Prajer said...

Men Without Women is quite good, I think. "Hills Like White Elephants" became the standard for American short fiction for many, many years. "The Killers" is also very good -- if you ever get a chance to see the old b&w movie with Burt Lancaster, do check it out. It's very interesting what the director and writer did with Hemingway's wee little story.