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Tristy

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

The Buddha of Suburbia

The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi This very well-loved copy fell into my hands through a scavenging adventure with my husband. I have always wanted to read My Beautiful Laundrette but have yet to pick it up, and this book is written by the same author. It's rare for me to enjoy a book with such a dislikable lead character. And it's a real trick to make me CARE about such a dislikable lead character. And care about Karim, I did. I read this book pretty quickly, to find out where it all leads. And not surprisingly, it doesn't really lead anywhere...but that's the point I think. In the end, it really is a Zen tale and the Buddhist koans that are secretly sprinkled through all the somewhat boring sex scenes and tales of drug use are a nice surprise, but not enough to make me really recommend this book to anyone. But if you are a fan of Hanif Kureishi - well, you've probably read this, but if you haven't - check it out.