My Journey through Breast Cancer

On October 11, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) ... or as we like to call it, extreme measures for a nap (EMFN). For a while, this blog will be my cancer journal. Enter at your own risk.

07 November 2008

a new book

After deciding the last 40-60 pages of Three Cups of Tea weren't worth finishing (only because what had read quickly and interesting turns slow and boring at the end), I started a new book this week. And for the first time in my life I'm using the word "delightful" to describe John Steinbeck. Yes, John Steinbeck, author of "East of Eden," "Grapes of Wrath," and "Of Mice and Men." These stories I would call genius on many levels, captivating and moving, but they're not the kind of stories that inspire spontaneous smiles as the reader pours over the typewritten lines.

"Travels with Charley" is a totally different Steinbeck experience. I admit I'm only 20 or so pages into the book, but not a single paragraph has yet disappointed. The whole book revolves around a 3-month cross-country trip Mr. Steinbeck takes with his French poodle, Charley (who mostly understands only French). His goal is to reacquaint himself with America, its land and its people. And of course to just go, to explore and find adventure of the kind that can only be found on such a trip. He's writing in his later years, so his style is practiced, refined and clear, an easy read. And his subject matter is so engaging, perhaps because he's on an adventure few would pass up given the opportunity.

Though I've barely started the book, I have no choice but to highly recommend it. Its been a long time since I've really looked forward to having more time to sit and read. I imagine I'll have this one finished in no time. And then you can borrow it.

1 comment:

melanie said...

Oh Yay! I'm so glad you're enjoying Travels with Charley. You know, I'm about to finish a book and might be tempted to pick up this favorite again just for fun.

Of course today is the 10th so you very well could be done with it.