Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Salon

I've had an interesting week of reading.

I'm not finished with my book-club book (The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus, by Peter Gomes) but I'm moving along and plan to spend more time with it today. He's a liberal Protestant theologian from Harvard and I find myself nodding along with him quite a bit. Alongside him I'm reading Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik's And From There You Shall Seek, and I have to say it was interesting reading two very different Boston preachers- a liberal Protestant from Harvard and an Orthodox rabbi who founded a well-known day school- alongside each other. It's like having my own personal comparative-religion course.

I also got a good start reading Someone to Run With by David Grossman, an Israeli novel about an Arab boy and a Jewish girl who I believe will strike up some sort of relationship based on their mutual love of a dog. I'm leading a book club discussion group on the book in March and enjoying it quite a bit. I also think it will make great discussion material.

8 comments:

Nymeth said...

The David Grossman novel sounds very interesting. I really enjoyed his book Lion's Honey, about the myth of Samson.

Alyce said...

I will be interested to hear more about Someone to Run With.

Have fun with your pseudo comp. religion! :)

Shana said...

I hope you got a lot of reading done today, Marie. I haven't read my book club book yet either. Book club is Thursday night, so I need to get cracking on it.

mangomissives said...

This past Wednesday I went to my bookclub meeting without having finished reading the book. Gasp! It was the first time in years that that has happened. I blame the library. ;)

naida said...

Enjoy your reading, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus sounds interesting as does Someone to Run With. Its always fun to read books that make for good discussions.
Have a good week :)
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wisteria said...

Someone to Run has me quite curious. Sounds like something I would want to read. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week.

An Anonymous Child said...

"Someone to Run With" is a great book. And it's not all about the dog. I know the English translation is a little awkward, but it's a well written novel and the story is just great. To all vaguely interested readers: read it. It's good. And to Boston Bibliophile, enjoy!

Marie said...

Anonymous Child- I loved it! :-)