JRF’s # 21: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan – 324 Pages

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

“It is always hard to see the purpose in wilderness wanderings until after they are over.” “I seek a place that can never be destroyed, one that is pure, and that fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be given, at the time appointed, to them that seek it with all their heart. Read it so, if you will, in my book.” A few months ago I was sent to a remote Navy base in Nevada.  I opted to drive there in part so that I could get a good audio book in.  The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan was that book. The desolate scenery of my drive combined with the dark season of doubt that my spiritual walk with God was in at the time, put me in just the right place to take this journey with Bunyan’s protagonist, Christian. I listened to the audio book version read by Max Mclean.  In between listening to the book, I continued the journey by listening to the excellent concept album, The Pilgrim by Nate Currin. Watching Christian allegorically traverse through the highs and lows, temptations and victories, sorrows and ecstasies of the way of the cross was […]

Justin’s #15 – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 184 pages

May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

I remember in perhaps Jr. High School seeing edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby” float around in the arms of young people for a class perhaps. Having never read it myself (and on a role as far as reading/book reviews), I thought I would give it a read. The premise of this novel begins with the introduction of Nick Carraway who narrates everything from the 1st person. Carraway lives in West Egg, Long Island after returning from the Great War and works now as a bonds salesman. He lives next door to a mysterious man who hosts lavish parties flowing with alcohol during prohibition. Nick’s cousin, Daisy, lives in East Egg, Long Island and is married to a Yale grad Tom Buchanan. Early on, we meet Tom’s mistress Myrtle who lives in the Valley of Ashes where the industry that fuels New York City and the culturally impoverished belong. It is obvious that Tom and Daisy have a fragile relationship which is made more complicated by his affair. Nick meets the mysterious man next door when he is invited to one of the parties. His name is Jay Gatsby and even when Nick meets him, he continues […]

Ron’s #9: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Torvald controls Nora. Nora acts like a child. Krogstad is crooked. Dr. Rank is sick (the Doctor is ill…irony!). Forgery. Blackmail. Patriarchy. Dancing. Torvald yells. Nora is shocked because the “wonderful thing” didn’t happen. She changes clothes. She changes life. She changes her address. Nora leaves. Torvald hopes. Children are motherless. Door slams. Feminists rejoice. I don’t mind that this is a sermon on feminism; I mind because it’s just not a compelling story. Somehow, I find Torvald a far more likeable character than Nora. It must be the male oppressor in me.

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