Crap, Gotta Read That!

Yes, I told you it was video clip day! I've been planning on reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, but now that it's becoming a movie I have to read it before the movie comes out. It didn't say when it comes out, but I best be reading it soon if they already have a trailer.


Brett Battles said...

Wow. What a great trailer. I haven't read the book either, but now I want to. I'm a huge fan of cross cultural stories. They are so alive with possibility, bringing differences and similarities and the problems of those caught between two worlds so much into focus.

Can't wait to read the book AND see the movie.

Derek J Rogers said...

Thanks for the trailer. By the way, what do you think of Crime and Punishment?

mai wen said...

Brett, I agree, I think cross cultural stories are so interesting, especially first generation Americans. There's always that conflict of maintaining your parents' culture and finding your own in America. I'm excited for both the movie and book as well!

Derek, no problem! I'm really liking Crime and Punishment. Right now I'm multi-tasking and reading that as well as The Remains of the Day which is actually a very interesting contrast. One is written from the point of view a mentally unstable man and is very philosophical and disturbing, while the other is written from the point of view of a very controlled, sensible man with very high standards of propriety. I'm really enjoying reading both at the same time, it's making for an interesting reading experience!! Thanks for the book suggestion with Crime and Punishment.

Brett Battles said...

Remains of the Day...excellent. I read that years ago and it's still one of those books that I remember well.

Have you tried any Graham Greene? (I'm guessing you have.) Heart of the Matter is one of my favorite books. Burnt Out Case and Quiet American are also fantastic reads.

Oooh. And Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee. I'm sure you read that. It's a great cross cultural story.

mai wen said...

I have Heart of the Matter but have not read it yet (it's in my growing pile of unread books that I keep adding to!!) I also have not read Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee, I'm 0 for 0 here! But I'm going to add that book to my wish list (which also has about 50 books on it), it sounds really cool. Thanks so much for the book suggestions, I'm Always looking for more. Have you read Lee Child? I've heard a lot about him recently and was wondering on people's take on him in the Thriller world. And if you have read him, if I get started on him, what book should I start? He has quite a few and I heard there's some sequence, but I'm not sure what book's the first book!

Brett Battles said...

I like Lee. If you're looking for an action story, he's definitely worth checking out. His stories are tight, well written.

There is an order, though he says you can read anyone you want. If you'd like to start at the beginning the first book is: Killing Floor.

I haven't read all his stuff yet. I'm working through them in order (gotten through #4 already.) But, like you, with a growing pile of stuff to be read, I don't want to get stuck just reading one author...so I've got to spread him out.

Let me know what you think of Heart of the Matter. There's a saddness to Greene's books that sucks me in every time.

mai wen said...

Thanks for the info on Lee, I'm eager to dip into another genre. I went to a book store the other day and I'm really trying to push myself in other directions then my typical modern literary fiction or the classics. It is difficult when there are so many books in "my comfort zone genre" that I still want, but it's good for me.

I'll definitely let you know what I think of Lee and Heart of the Matter.

Thanks again! :)


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