Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Number Two

The next book on my "to be read" list was Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow. Homer and Langley Collyer were recluse brothers living in New York during the early part of the 20th century . This book is a fictionalized account of their lives told in particular from Homer's point of view.

The true story is sad enough to read about. Even though Doctorow takes considerable liberties with their story (giving them a much longer lifespan than they really lived), this is one powerful piece of writing. Homer & Langley is one 2012 read that's going to stick with me for a very long time, especially the final paragraph.

Highly recommended to fans of literary fiction, historical fiction, and stories of odd and interesting people.

I haven't read any of Doctorow's other books. If this one is typical of his writing, though, I definitely want to read more by this author.

Current tally:
Friday night 9:10-9:25 read more of Crown of Serpents while preparing for bed. (15 minutes)
Saturday 5:34-7:39 listened to Night Train to Memphis while out on my morning walk. (2 hours 5 minutes)

8:04-8:15 read Crown of Serpents (11 minutes)

8:44-2:19 finished Crown of Serpents (5 hours 35 minutes)

2:22-3:01 logging book here and at Good Reads. (39 minutes)

3:09-6:30 read Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow (3 hours 21 minutes)

7:14-9:40 finished Homer & Langley, logged it here and at Good Reads (2 hours 26 minutes)

Total reading/blogging time so far: 14 hours 30 minutes

And now, with that powerfully emotional story fresh on my mind, I'm headed off to bed. Have a great night, everyone.

1 comment:

  1. You have me HOOKED on reading Homer and Langley. Wow, just wow! Thank you for posting on it. Enjoy the rest of today's reading, Book People Unite!