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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

Trickster in the Land of Dreams

Trickster in the Land of Dreams - Zeese Papanikolas Oh how I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't quite get there. Zeese Papanikolas (besides having THE BEST name I have ever heard) has an incredibly delicious writing style. It's kind of like if Tom Robbins hooked up with Carl Jung and they hitchhiked to the Spirit Realm and then reported back through poetic, mushroom telegraphs. BUT, the reason there are only three stars up there, is that this book is so dark. Now yes, the life of a Trickster is very dark, but it is also silly and ridiculous and that's what was missing from this book. There was none of the sly, funny tricks of Coyote and his ilk. Instead, Zeese Papanikolas chooses to focus on the "stupid & mean" side of the Trickster, which is disappointing and not the whole story. This is definitely still worth a read, though - for the excellent writing style and interesting lens on the history of the mid-Americas.