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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The first book I read this summer was The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I enjoyed it immensely; it was quite a page turner. I decided to finally read it because I had been listening to some cassettes Mr. Egan lent me about Harry Potter and the New Age movement which both referenced this book. The next book in line for me to read (i.e. after I finish the school list) is An Exorcist Tells His Story. I highly recommend The Screwtape Letters to everyone. They are not especially disturbing only enlightening. I came away with a better understanding of temptation and how to recognize and avoid it.

Next I read Dubliners by James Joyce. Although I find Joyce's philosophy erroneous and his themes concentrated too much on the fallen nature of man rather than the power of redemption, I laud his style of writing which is almost like reading poetry. This book was an interesting collection of glimpses into the lives of various Irishmen. I have read one other book by James Joyce, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. It started out very interestingly and I enjoyed it but then the main character spiralled downwards into the vice of lust, and there was no resolution to the story. So although the style of writing was captivating, the story was a disappointment. I wouldn't particularly recommend this book other than for reasons of discussion and debate.

Currently I am reading Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It is a required book to read over the summer for my Classical Civilization Class. I'm on page 100 out of 579 pages. It is set in the time of Nero and follows the story of Ligia, a young Christian. The story is very captivating and the book is hard to put down each time I read it. I highly recommend this book.