G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 112 - 119 / 100

112. African Silences - Peter Matthiessen
A book about the author's travels in Africa during the '70's and '80's. He focuses mostly on the decimation of wildlife by poachers and locals, particularly the elephant before the ban on the ivory trade.
His style is very dry but also poetic, and exactly like his picture in the book. And there was an hysterical story about being attacked in the shower by a pet mongoose.

113. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life - Paul C. Nagel
A biography of America's sixth president. This was really way more interesting than I expected, and the author only devotes one chapter to JQA's presidency, which he felt was not the most important thing that he'd achieved, and so not representative of JQA. I found myself being jealous of all the educational and travel opportunities that he had, and all that book buying!

114. All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare's comedies. I didn't like it, since it's basically about a beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous woman throwing herself away on a lying cheat who doesn't appreciate her. Ha ha.

115. The Trojan Women - Euripides
This play is set right after the fall of Troy, before the Greeks sail away. Troy is burning, all the men are dead, and the women are about to sail off from their homeland as slaves. The focus is on Hecuba, Andromache, and Cassandra, who has the best insane monologues.

116. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream - Barbara Ehrenreich
The author's premise is that there is no job security anymore, even if you're educated and have held good positions in the past. To show this, she presents herself as a job-seeker, and tries to get work, with little success.

117. The Wisdom of the Heart - Henry Miller
A collection of essays and excerpts by Miller. On topics as varied as Balzac and whores, but then, it is Henry Miller.

118. Sherlock Holmes: The Collected Novels and Stories: Volume II - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The second of two volumes. This one contained The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Throughly enjoyable.

119. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
Amazing. The movie is good, but the book is way better. I felt utterly cut adrift when I finished this.
Tags: africa, biography, classic, current events, drama, essays, fiction, mystery, non-fiction, shakespeare

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