Monday, December 8, 2008

Those Russians know how to write

Tonight I worked at my other part time job which is at a little independent book store called Booksmith. It was a fairly slow night tonight and the boss left me up front at the register to hold down the fort. Before that I had been straightening things up and in our "Classics" section I saw the following book "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" By Aleksandr Slozhenitsyn which I had read about when I was browsing through the book "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die". It sounded like any interesting read so I grabbed that and took it up to the register to sit down and read. This is not an review because I only got about 30 pages into it but I have to say I was very impressed. Slozhenitsyn defiantly knows how to write a good book. The fact that this book is set in just one day and how he makes such trivial things such as taking the final drag of a cigarette had me amazed and made me wishing that I could write like that. I would have purchased the book when I went home this evening but I'm kinda tight on money which I'm only really using for food and gas right now. All in all it was refreshing to me to read something so enjoyable by someone other then say Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan or The Beatniks who I've read a lot of. If I have $5 to spare from my next paycheck I'm defiantly picking up the book up. So look for my first book review in maybe a week or so.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

solzhenitsyn is one of my all time favourite writers. I'd highly recommend Cancer Ward.


From this post it seems you might be interested in heading over to Arukiyomi for a copy of the new version of Arukiyomi's 1001 books spreadsheet .

Along with calculating how many books you need to read a year before you die, there's all the 2008 edition books, all those removed from the 2006 edition, links to wikipedia , and and Google books.