16.9.08

The Big Year by Mark Obmascik

A Big Year, for bird watchers, is when one tries to see as many different breeds of birds as possible. Obmascik takes us into this world, trailing three making the attempt and giving the background necessary to have it make sense. On one hand, the prose is uninspiring -- too cute, too hyperbolized -- but the book carries the reader along and gets into theis weird, weird world.

15.9.08

Bad Faith by Carmen Callil and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

I finished these two books on the same day, so here we go:

Bad Faith by Carmen Callil

Callil starts with the death of a friend, then goes back to the nefrious lives of her parents: her father was a French anti-semite deeply involved in the French Holocaust, while her mother was an alcoholic Australian who abandoned her child. Amazing history of the French Holocaust but with a human edge.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

A crazy family memoir. Very effective, although not as well written as one might hope: a bit too much cliche and not enough objectivity, perhaps. Still, an interesting read about people who live way too close to the edge, and maybe a bit over it.