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What Are You Reading These Days?

I have my hands on this book:

agonyandecstasy.jpg

I am about a third of the way through it. Michelangelo Buonarroti has been taken under the patronage of Il Magnifico, Lorenzo the Magnificent, who thus far comes across as a most impressive figure in this biographical novel.

Any suggestions on what I should read next?

Posted by Ken McCracken · 1 March 2006 10:11 PM

Comments

I'm not sure if this is in the book:

IN 1515AD: MICHELANGELO'S "MOSES WITH HORNS" STATUE SPARKED HUGE RIOTS IN ROME'S JEWISH GHETTO!

Only kidding.

The sculpture sits in church of San Pietro in Vincoli on the Esquiline in Rome.

Though it falsely depicts the Jews' greatest prophet (who God spoke with DIRECTLY) as having horns, (a mistake by the artist based on a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for "rays of light" coming from the head of Moses), and though this false depiction may have contributed to the long-held racist myth once believed by many Gentiles that Jews had horns and were satanic, this sculpture has never ever been the object of organized scorn by Jews, nor has it ever been defaced. Jews have never ever even demanded it be altered or taken off of display.

Perhaps Jews were content knowing that this glaring mistake (on this otherwise beautiful sculpture) merely exposes the ignorance of many people regarding the Bible. We see it as a TEACHING moment, as they say.

What is it about so many Muslims that makes them react with violence all the time?

I believe it is partly a result of the vehement misogyny, and the polygamy and endogamy which are practiced by Muslims - especially in Arab Muslim nations.

After all, if someone is raised to believe that it's okay to murder one's daughter or sister or female cousin in order to restore "honor" to the family, (and that "rape-as-punshment" is okay), then one can certainly do all manner of evil to infidels.

Even for disrespectful CARTOONS!

Anyhow, the BEST ten books you could ever read are:

1 - DREAMS OF MY RUSSIAN SUMMERS, BY A. MAKINE
(a historical novel like Agony and Ectsasy - about Russia from 1915-1989)
2 - MY LAST SIGH, BY L. BUNUEL - memoir
3 - WAITING FOR THE BARABARIANS, BY JM COETZEE
4 - THE FIRST MAN, BY A. CAMUS (posthumous memoir)
5 - A MOVEABLE FEAST BY HEMINGWAY (memoir)
6 - COUNT BELISARIUS, BY R. GRAVE (A historical novel like Agony and Ectsasy)
7 - MY FATHER'S CASTLE AND MY MORHER'S GLORY - MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD, BY MARCEL PAGNOL (memoir, France 1920-40's)
8 - THE LAST OF THE JUST, BY A. SCHWARZ-BART
9 - 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE A/O LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, G. MARQUEZ
10 - CINNAMON SHOPS, BRUNO SCHULZ
11 - THE JOKE A/O THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING, BY M. KUNDERA
12 - LETTERS TO THEO, BY V. VAN GOGH
13 - ALL OF GRAHAM GREENE AND ALL OF VS NAIPAUL
14 - THE BIBLE

Posted by: reliapundit at March 1, 2006 10:34 PM

yeah, there are 14 TEN BEST - in case you already read a few!

i'd re-read any of these again -after re-reading them ALL many times.

they're like ggod friends you go out drinking with:

every time you do you have fun, talk about ol times and learn something new. and leave glad to have maintained the relationship.

Posted by: reliapundit at March 1, 2006 10:39 PM

Excellent.

I read some of those and enjoyed them - particularly Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Graham Greene - so I think Reliapundit's taste in literature is quite intact.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at March 1, 2006 11:21 PM

For pure fun in a setting of historical and political intrigue, it's hard to top The Count of Monte Cristo. Set aside a few days - you won't want to put it down.

Posted by: Ironman at March 2, 2006 09:46 AM

Dirty Jokes and Beer ~ Drew Carey

Posted by: Rob B. at March 2, 2006 11:28 AM

Should I read that before or after Michael Moore's 'Stupid White Men'?

Or Al Franken's 'Lying Liars and The Lies the Liars Lie About'.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at March 2, 2006 02:57 PM

Have you read Colleen McCullogh's Rome series? Historical novels about the end of the Republic. Very good.

Posted by: John at March 2, 2006 03:47 PM

Crimsoned Prairie, by S.L.A. Marshall. Definately not Saturday matinee cowboys and indians, thank God. And if you are in need of a bit of escapist fiction, you could try Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh. And I must warn you, once you begin reading her novels you may become hooked, and no, I ain't sellin'ya none of my copies, find your own.

Posted by: 2Hotel9 at March 5, 2006 08:37 PM