Almost done 'Crime and Punishment'. Pretty miserable stuff- countering the misery with PG Wodehouse-just finished 'Consider Phlebas' by Iain M Banksalmost done the 10 million page Robert Caro biography of LBJ-(I'm not a big political biography fan, but this series is outstanding.)George RR Martin-fire and ice series (game of thrones)-awesomeLapwing-that Joe Abercrombie series was great, wasn't it? Ontological me, I think I see why I don't understand what you write half the time. I'm curious what you do for a living. (No need to tell of course)
For those with not enough time, and too much to read, I'd like to plug 'Audible'-No, they don't pay me, but they should. I am not kidding when I say it has doubled my productivity. Nice to be able to walk the dog, clean the house, paint, drive, cook and 'read' at the same time. Maybe not all at once, but try doing any of that with a book in hand.
you have to sit down on do the tough walk, with your whole being.
During a bout of 'flu, just finished "Selected to Live" by Johanna-Ruth Dobschiner. This is the true story of a young orthodox Jewess in Nazi occupied Holland who managed to survive through a number of apparent lucky escapes and some quick thinking at times. Her parents and brothers were killed by the Nazis. For a time she worked as a nurse (though untrained - she qualified later in Glasgow) and then she took the chance to go into hiding in a small settlement near Groningen, way to the north of her home of Amsterdam. This was in the home of Bastian Johan Ader, a minister of the Dutch Reformed church. He used to get changed immediately after the Sunday evening service, get on his bike to catch a train to go looking for "the lost sheep of the house of Israel". Eventually the manse became unsafe, and Johanna had to leave. She had been reading a child's illustrated Bible and then a proper Bible. She knew nothing of Jesus but later on became a Christian. Johanna had later moved to the south and so was liberated before the final hard winter for the Dutch when food was scarce owing to Nazi persecution. Bastian was not so lucky and was betrayed by a Dutch policeman for money and advancement! He was imprisoned, tortured and later shot leaving a pregnant wife and child. There were 4 resistance organisations in Holland, of which by far the largest was the non violent LO. At one stage in autumn 1944, 300,000 Jews and other illegals were being hidden, though some were with the connivance of the Germans.