Saturday, August 29, 2020

books + adventure update

 Adventure update:  we ate at CiCi's pizza yesterday.  Eating out is just not as fun as it use to be - pre mask and paranoia.    And -- speaking of my new red socks - not one person, zero, ziltz person came up to me and said, "I love your new red socks."   It is as if nobody noticed.  Nobody.  I started to wear them to bed last night, but that seemed somewhat fruitless.  Instead they went into the dirty clothes hamper.  Sad.

I got two new books this past week.  

This morning I finished reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - unabridged version.  I enjoyed the book - well written narrative.  Sure it was written during the early 1900s.  Some language was not 2020 contemporary - it showed that Stevenson understood the different parts of a sailing ship of that era.  The story was fine, easily read.  I'm looking for Kidnapped to read in the future assuming it can be found on the cheap.

My other book is The complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton.  A paperback with really small print, it is over an inch thick.   I believe there are 53 different short stories in this book of 797 pages.  This should keep me busy for a while.  The small print should tax my patience to some degree (or I may go blind).

PBS shows a British mystery series called "Father Brown."  He is a lovable small town priest who solves murders with the help of his friends.  There is a local police boss that is always a jerk.  It is set around the time of WWII.   The book on the other hand was written starting in the early 1900s  through part of WWI.  So, you can see that we have a discrepancy in the time line between the book and the TV series.  I understand the TV uses some of the short story plots updated.  We shall see.

I have finished the first short story:  The Blue Cross   which includes Father Brown, Valentin, and Flambeau.  Those who have watched the TV series may recognize the names.

As I awaited for my books to arrive, I decided to re-read my book:  The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson.  Lawson is a bit of a liberal, but his cartoons can be fun.  I would bet many of our younger readers have never read the Far Side cartoons.

Thanks for reading.  Send me your friends.  I want to be relevant (just to myself actually).


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