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It’s summer time and I have had some time off. That means, I did some reading. In case you have similar plans (time off + reading) here are some (humble) book recommendations.
The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe:
This to me is a perfect summer book. It’s written by Tom Wolfe who is one of my favourite novelists of all times (do check out Bonfire of Vanities if you haven’t – in fact read that first!) however it’s a non-fiction book. You are basically reading great writing on fighter pilots and the Space Race during Cold War times between US and Russia (or USSR). You’ll have fun and you’ll learn some new stuff. It’s a winning combination I’d say. If you prefer to swim, drink beer and sleep instead, that’s also fine, who am I to judge!
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
I had a Hemingway period (meaning, read a lot of Hemingway) about 10 years ago but somehow missed this one. Hemingway feels really old school in his writing and ideas but not always in a bad way. This particular book is about living somewhere else than your own country, going to Spain for a break from it all, watching some bull fighting and some weird love triangle. You know, just those things you do in a summer break wrapped up in some great writing and timeless quotes such as “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”. You can always try though!
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
Another old school one. This book was one of the first books I actually remember reading. I didn’t remember anything about it so picked it up more recently. It turns out it’s about the survival of a domesticated dog by going back to its nature and killing a bunch of other dogs in the process and make it in the cold wilderness. Found the narration through the eyes of the dog in question quite interesting. Bonus: It’ll make you feel cool with all the winter reference in a hot summer day and you’ll learn what “Survival of the Fittest” really means.