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Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004, 10:13 am
severus89: December Nominations

It's that time again, even though right now I believe it is only Amanda and I reading the books and contributing to the blog, but oh well.

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC)
yourstareiscold

boo hiss... I suck at life... I totally have both books under my bed, in the bag, that I ZKJNDKJB kicked under there in a fit of rage... *sigh*

And I have no nominations... though we could do the Five People You Meet In Heaven... it's also coming to TV on Sunday... and since it's a holiday/reminiscent (is that spelt right?) time of year, it sorta fits. *shrug*

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
yourstareiscold

Title: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Description: Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie's world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie's birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie's own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
severus89

Why were you in a fit of rage? ANd it's never good to take your anger out on poor defenseless books.

Wed, Dec. 1st, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
yourstareiscold

I was cleaning my room... that's enough to make me rage... and I think I just meant to move them out of the way...

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
severus89

Title: Chocolat
Author: Joanne Harris
Description: A Strange woman moves into a small, conservative, religious village where most people are not as piteous and good as they'd like everyone to believe. Though her delicious chocolates and sweets, she slowly warms the hearts of some of the townsfolk and eventually gets people to open up and be honest about who they are and makes them face their secrets.

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
severus89

Title: Audrey Hepburns Neck
Author: Alan Brown
Description: A novel about desiring something only because it is different from yourself and not because it is good for you or the right decision. Toshi , a Japanese cartoonist is obsessed with slim, American women and he friend, Paul (an American) is obsessed with Japanese men. Paul gets left time and time again by a series of bad relationships with these men, and Paul has an affair with his English teacher who turns out to be insane. Could be interesting.

Wed, Dec. 1st, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
ajmcoqui

I'm blanking on titles at the moment, but I'll read any of the ones proposed so far...

Wed, Dec. 1st, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
severus89

You only have hundreds of books in your apartment and hundred of books in mine. There's nothing out of those that you'd like to read?

Wed, Dec. 1st, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
ajmcoqui

Well, I want to read them *all*, but I'm not sure how many of them would be interesting to the group. Here, how about this one:

Title: An Artist of the Floating World
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Reason for Nomination: Just read this description I found on amazon.com - sounds like a great book! "In An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, "a floating world" of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troubling questions. Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 but moved to England in 1960, writes the story of Masuji Ono, a bohemian artist and purveyor of the night life who became a propagandist for Japanese imperialism during the war. But the war is over. Japan lost, Ono's wife and son have been killed, and many young people blame the imperialists for leading the country to disaster. What's left for Ono? Ishiguro's treatment of this story earned a 1986 Whitbread Prize."