Books Of Interest: Murakami and Bonhoeffer August 10th, 2014

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I must admit that I have not read much fiction in my life but when I ran across Haruki Murakami and his book 1Q84 and read it, I became enthralled with his writing and his masterful creativity in weaving a story together. I am looking forward to reading his new work: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pigrimmage. After having read a review by Patti Smith in today’s New York Times Book Review, I became aware of some of his very early works such as Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood and Pinball, 1973. I truly admire someone who can come up with such stories across so many varied characters and such imagination. I will update you on my reading on this.

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I have also become very interested, as I have stated in earlier posts about biographies and memoirs of individuals that I do not know very well or not at all. This biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of those individuals that I had heard the name but did not know anything about. I also ran across this new biography in the New York Times Book Review entitled Strange Glory: A Life Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh. This is a man who became a Christian martyr and put to death by the German gestapo in 1945 and who struggled with the teachings of Christianity in Germany at the turbulent time of Adolph Hitler and how the Nazi’s used these to bless their activities. I will also update you on this book as I am still intrigued about the rise of Adolph Hitler and the German nation between World War I and II.

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