Sunday, September 29, 2013

240 Year Old Automaton

This is so cool. If you have read The Poisoned Pilgrim, fourth novel in The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Potzch,this article about a 240 year old automaton will be very meaningful to you.  The book club selected the first book in the series in October last year.  Since then I have read all four books.  These books are worth adding to your reading list.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Book Thief Movie Clip

We read and discussed The Book Thief in April 2010; death was the very unusual narrator in the book. Here is a clip of the movie:

What will Okefenokee Book Club members read in 2014?

I have some suggestions already:  Tinderbox by Lisa Gornick, 320 pages; Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri,352 pages; Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini, 368 pages; Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, 288 pages; Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, 294 pages. 

We read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri in October 2004 and loved it. Note that Spymistress will be published in October. 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Fancy Pants Jonah

Jonah, son of Bishop Eli Miller, was a rebellious Ohio Amish child who loved to wear "fancy pants".  When he had a chance to do his Rumschpringe or Rumshpringa (from the verb rumspringen meaning "to jump around"), he never wanted to return to his community. He was banned by his father, the Bishop, and shunned by the community.  I have just finished reading Blood of the Prodigal, an Amish Country Mystery

This is actually our book club pick for October.  It is a murder mystery that starts off with the thoughts and feelings of Jonah's ten year old son Jeremiah who is being raised by his grandparents. Jonah takes his son and leaves a note for Bishop.  The Bishop-grandfather seeks help from a local pastor and also from a college professor to locate the grandson. He does not want the help of the police. I loved the unexpected twists to this very short story, 230 pages.

I found the Amish life portrayed in this book very interesting. For readers who do not know, "Rumshpringe" is  a period for Amish adolescents to experience the world of the non-Amish, called the "English",with the hope that they will eventually return to the community to take Amish vows of commitment through baptism. I certainly did not know that any form of adolescent rebellion or exploration of freedom in the non Amish world was acceptable as part of Amish culture. 

I will seek out the next book in the series, Broken English. There is a sneak peek of the first chapter at the back of this book and it opens with violence from a criminal just released from prison.