Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Books Read April 2023

No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War - Hiroo Onoda (4/1)
Shocking and meticulous first person account by a WWII Japanese soldier who went into the jungle on a small island in the Philippines in 1944 and - convinced that the war was still going on - didn’t emerge until 1974!

Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing - Robert Wolff (4/4)

Very well written. Probably my favorite book of April. Just a little “new agey”. Would like to find more books like this.

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle - Daniel L. Everett (4/11)

I liked the majority of this book, especially the descriptions of Piraha culture and what it was like to live with them. It got a little harder to follow during the linguistic discussions which were a little academic, but necessary, I suppose.

Dark Tales - Shirley Jackson (4/15)

I loved every story in this book! Although I wasn't always sure that I always "got" them. My other favorite book from April.

The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin (4/23)

The first novel I've read by Ursula K. Le Guin. I wanted to like it more. Reminiscent of Philip K. Dick, but it felt very dated.