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Book Challenge Update: 5 Down, 19 To Go

I’ve set the goal to work through 24 books in 2010, and by the end of February, I’ve completed 5 books, so I’m slightly ahead of schedule. In this post, I’ll share what I thought about another book on my 24 in 20-10 Book Challenge List. You can see the list here, and you can read other Book Challenge Update posts by clicking here.

I finished The Great Gatsby, started Catch-22, and started and finished The Help. I love books. They take me to places and times I cannot experience any other way.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby‘s plot did not enthrall me; the plot development style comes from a different time. But it is solid. The characters are interesting and the scenes are vivid tales from the 1920s, a lively time in our nation’s history, a time before we were struck by a second world war, the arresting possibility of mutually assured destruction, the charged and overdue battle for civil rights on home soil, the death of beloved and influential leaders way before their time.  It was a celebratory time in our young nation’s history, that that we were without scars by that point. Fitzgerald captures the spirit of the decade, and again I must say that the author is a master craftsman in his art of working words just so. He describes the wealth, old and new, and title character reminds us of the old pains our country has suffered, what he–and we–will go through to try to make right what was broken. What he suffers and will suffer because time marches resolutely onward, despite the promises lovers make to each other behind closed doors.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

I am reading this one in audiobook format, and it’s excellent! The reader does an excellent job–he almost sounds like he is Joseph Heller himself the way he reads. Except for nasally Doc Daneeka. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds.

Bonus Make You Seem Smart Lesson of the Day: Originally, as defined by Heller, a catch-22 is a circular predicament, not just a simple hitch in the plan, not just a no-win situation. Read more about it on Wikipedia.

I’ll recount The Help in another post. Because that’s what it deserves.

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