LitPicks Book Reviews—July 2007

Theme—Male Friendship
A literary theme reaching back to Homer’s Iliad and beyond. But as each of these 3 books reveal, rarely is friendship without conflict. Reading about friendship opens up insights into our own capacity for love, companionship, and loyalty.
 
Labels: A Lighter Touch

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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson, 1999
274 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2007

Think of your favorite buddy movie, combine it with City Slickers, and you’ve got the idea behind Bryson’s book.

Two urban hetero’s, both out of shape and on the pudgy side (one woefully so), tackle the hardships of the Appalachian Trail. That’s the set-up for what follows, and much of it is very, very funny.
 

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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini, 2003
400 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2007

This book is a top club read, many claiming it as one of their favorites. And for good reason.

The story follows the plight of two Afghan boys. Raised without mothers, the two were fed at the same nursemaid’s breast, creating a bond of brotherhood that was to last a lifetime. Of course it doesn’t.
 
Labels: Great Works

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, 1885

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2007

Scholars have long considered Huck Finn one of the Great American Novels (alongside Moby-Dick and The Scarlet Letter).

It's a ripping good “escape story”—a young boy and run-away slave make their way by raft down the Mississippi toward freedom. Along the way they meet up with adventure and an array of flamboyant characters, mostly shady but a few honest.

 

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