hey bud, just came over to tell you how much you make me laugh.
I like the cut of your jib.
your mma comment made me blow ice tea out my nose
"munch my ass" haha too funny
reading your comments on here, I like your comments on the books you read,
I actually just read shogun again, what a great story
I have also read several on your list, "once a great notion" all time favorite, and I agree with Marquez, great stuff
nothing by Steinbeck? also, how about the art of war? something I think every young man should read at some point in his life
Thank you kindly for the complimentary words. Glad that you enjoy some of the nonsense I post on here. It's rather cathartic for me actually.
Truth be told I've never read The Art of War, but I plan to in the near future.
As for Steinbeck, I've read my fair share and can certainly appreciate his body of work but more often than not I tend to gravitate away from American authors for whatever reason. I've read much of Hemingway and Vonnegut as well, but am more partial to James Baldwin and Bernard Malamud as far as American writers go. Oh, and Faulkner was staggeringly brilliant and a true pleasure to read. Also, I was mesmerized by Ayn Rand's writing. She was a woman far ahead of her time, and she had massive gumption to express some of her views as a woman in the mid-20th century. I will make it a point to read Art of War. Thanks again. Sure I will see ya around one way or another
If I may recommend a few of my favorites for your perusal:
1.) The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) by Herman Hesse
2.) Sometimes a Great Notion
by Ken Kesey (the greatest American novel I've had the pleasure to have read although it's not his best known work, and it can be quite trying to get past the first 150 pages or so.)
3.) War and Peace by Tolstoy
4.) Any and everything by Tom Robbins particularly Jitterbug Perfume and Still Life with Woodpecker
5.) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera or any work written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I'm biased as I was born in Colombia)
6.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (more magical realism in the vein of Marquez)
7.) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (non-fiction)
Peter Marlowe* apologies for the typo. I'm rather intoxicated at the moment.
Certainly. Nice to hear that you seem to have enjoyed his writing as much as I did. Not the greatest author I've read by any means but he certainly possessed the ability to write page turners. Little known fact that Clavell also penned the screenplay for e film The Great Escape. He was most definitely a cool cat.
@AsianSaga ... very interesting ... thanks for the reply ... Shogun's my fave then King Rat ... didn't know about him wirting his last book on cancer :( ... hope your daughter appreciates the reference ...
I would say yes but that is in no way an indictment against Shogun. Mostly because I was particularly drawn to Clavell's "green-eyed devil'" Dirk Struan. I just found him to be an exceptionally likeable and fascinating character. Shogun is probably a cut above the rest of Clavell's works if you examine them by their literary merit alone, but each book In the Saga has its own charm. The weakest of the bunch was Gai-Jin in my opinion but Clavell gets a pass as he was dying from cancer while he was attempting to complete it. Whirlwind was particularly fascinating in my opinion mostly for its depictions of the Iranian landscape and political climate during that time period. If I had to rate my favorites in order they would go:
Tai-Pan, Noble House, Shogun, Whirlwind, King Rat, Gai-Jin.
My wife and I are actually naming our daughter after a character within his works.