Sunday Salon – September 28, 2008

September 28, 2008


I am so behind this morning! This has so far been a hectic weekend for me. Yesterday Triple Creek Ranch held its annual fundraiser and I was tasked with being the MC for our class demonstrations. It was actually quite a bit of fun (despite the extra work) and the kids who participated in the demonstrations had a wonderful time…and Triple Creek raised some money to continue its programs.

This morning I caught up on emails and posts and now I’m ready to talk books.

I finished reading A Garden of Earthly Delights, by Joyce Carol Oates (read my review) and although it was not an uplifting book, it was incredibly well written. For those of you who are Oates fans, you will probably enjoy this early novel.

I also finally completed reading The View From Castle Rock, by Alice Munro (read my review). I started this collection in July with a Yahoo book group, and took my time reading through the stories. This book is classfied as fiction – but in truth it is a blend of Munro’s family history (truth) with her imagination. Although I had read a short story by Munro earlier this year, this was my first book by her and I enjoyed it.

I’ve now picked up The Triumph of Deborah, by Eva Etzion-Halvey. The book is set in ancient Israel and based on he biblical account of Deborah as described in the book of Judges. I’m only 70 pages into the book so far and although the language can be a bit flowery, the story itself is interesting.  I’ll be posting a review of this book by early in the week.

Did you know that this is banned books week? I’ve posted a couple of articles on my Women Writers blog about Women Writers in Peril and selected banned/censored books written by women. I hope you’ll check them out. If you’ve written a review of any of the books listed in this article, please leave me a comment over there and I’ll make sure to post a link to your review.

I hope you all have a wonderful week which allows you some reading time!

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    • Andi on September 28, 2008 at 14:08

    Love me some Oates! I haven’t read this particular novel, but I’m a big fan of the painting of the same name, so I want to read it to see if there are any good references. lol

    • Wendy on September 28, 2008 at 17:27

    Andi: Those readers who love Oates REALLY love Oates, I am finding 🙂

  1. The Triumph of Deborah sounds very interesting. I’ll be interested in reading your review. 🙂

    • Clare D on September 29, 2008 at 00:14

    I’ve only read one Munro anthology but I loved it – so will definitely look out for this one – sounds excellent. I like Joyce Carol Oates too – argh, so many books and too little time…Thanks for the tips!

  2. I’m off to check out your women writers blog and all the other links.

    I’ll be back later in the week to give you a link to my review of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I wanted to read Freedom Writers too, but our library didn’t have a copy and by the time it gets here, Banned Book Week will be over. Instead, I’ve rented the movie.

    • Wendy on September 29, 2008 at 07:18

    Karen: I should have a review up by tomorrow 🙂

    Clare: I agree – too many books and never enough time!!!

    Unfinished Person: Thanks for visiting my other blog – it is pretty new 🙂 I’d love the link to your reviews….

    • lenore on September 29, 2008 at 10:55

    Re: triumph of deborah – flowery language is exactly what I thought. I put my review up last week in case you want to read it (obviously I wasn’t expecting a romance novel!)

  3. I look forward to reading your review of The Triumph of Deborah. I haven’t read any Biblical fiction in a couple of years.

    • Wendy on September 30, 2008 at 07:49

    Lenore: *laughing* I bookmarked your review right after you read it…it is definitely an historical romance – and I wasn’t expecting that either. I should be posting my review later today…

    SmallWorld: Watch my blog later today for the review on this book 🙂

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