Saturday, February 26, 2011

Another Book Down...

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this again after recently re-watching the film. I've never actually read the other books in the series, so I decided to read them all together as part of this latest effort.

I think the symbolism of the books finally became clear to me as I read "The Lion..." this time. I was always frustrated when I was younger for not picking up on all the Christian allusions that were supposedly in the books, but on this time through I finally realized that the book isn't heavily laden with it, although where it exists, it's certainly obvious and clear. This really increased the joy of the experience for me, and I'm really looking forward to finally knocking out the other books as I should have done so long ago. Although, maybe because I'm finally grasping the elegance of the writing, it's a good thing that I have waited so long.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My 6th Book of 2011

The ConfessionThe Confession by John Grisham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

John Grisham is a great storyteller, and this latest of his was no exception. Once I finally started it, I was done within a week. Very hard to put down.

It's more than a little heavy-handed about how the death penalty should be abolished, but aside from that, it is a great story. I've certainly read more than my share of anti-death penalty books, from Grisham's own "The Chamber" to Prejean's "Dead Man Walking," so I'm used to the rhetoric, but they've all told a great story and make good points, so I don't mind hearing the other point of view. In fact, they've honestly moderated my position. While I'm still not against the death penalty, it should definitely be used a lot more sparingly than I used to believe.

But, all politicizing aside, the book is enjoyable. Just be aware it comes with a message, if that bothers you.

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