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24 June 2011
Seen on the Subway
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Reader: Forty something petite Chinese woman wearing a rather chic black cotton shirt-dress with black flats and a clear, see through backpack.
The Book: Everything Cather writes is pretty brilliant but this is definitely one of her major works and rightly so. Life on the prairie was never more compelling and touching.
The Verdict: I have read it before and I know I will read it again.
Story and Structure by Laurence Perrine
The Reader: Forty something balding white guy with dark grey suit, pink shirt, and a bow tie that had yet to be tied.
The Book: Apparently this is an all-time bestselling introduction to literature. Certainly falls into the text book category, the prices certainly reflect the extortionate nature of text book pricing. The edition being read by the man on the train was $77.00 on Amazon. Yikes.
The Verdict: When I first saw this book I just assumed it was some kind of theory book about some field. Didn't realize, despite its title, that it might be about literature. But even then I probably would have thought that it was on the theoretical side. But the description of the book on Amazon makes it sound like a pretty straight forward intro to the study of literature. I might actually keep my eye out for this one. Having had no post-high school course on lit, I could use the assistance.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Reader: A cute-as-a-button little boy, maybe about 10 years old wearing a soccer camp t-shirt (most likely on his way to soccer camp) and shorts. And because he was a little kid it was easy to see the title as he had it propped up on his lap as kids will do with books. Good eyesight I guess. He was with dad who was reading something on an iPad, and his grandmother who had some kind of hardcover bestseller mystery from the library. Clearly the family that reads together, stays together.
The Book: Normally I would not feature this kind of book. But the little boy was so intent on reading it despite the early hour and the fact that every other kid seems to be playing some sort of electronic game. "This twenty-five-year-old science fiction classic has been repackaged for younger readers. Unlike many hard-core science fiction titles, this book is particularly appropriate for a younger audience, for its protagonist, Ender Wiggin, is just six years old at the novel's beginning and still a pre-teen at its end."