LitPicks Book Reviews—May 2007

Theme—The Meaning of Water
Water occupies a special niche in our collective psyche: it connects us, it binds us in common humanity. We spring from water, we are made of water. Water is pure, it cleanses, it nourishes, it heals, it renews. Water is mysterious, it is eternal, it merges past with present. To be adrift on water is to be adrift in life, it is to be in life, it is life.
Labels: A Lighter Touch


A River Runs Through It
Norman Maclean, 1976
217 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
May 2007

On its surface, this beautiful memoir is about the intricacies of fly fishing and the two Montana brothers who fish the big western rivers.

Fishing devotees will revel in descriptions of the rhythm, angles, whip and whistle of the perfect cast. We even get a bit of fish psychology: a trout knows it's being tricked if the fly isn't set perfectly on the water.


Life of Pi
Yann Martel, 2001
348 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
May 2007

What do you do with a 450-pound Bengal tiger?

Sounds like the old 800-pound gorilla joke, and the answer is pretty much the same—give it whatever it wants, especially if the two of you are sharing a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Young Piscene Patel is the son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry, India...

Labels: Great Works


Herman Melville, 1851
500-600 pp. (varies)

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
May 2007
10 Reasons to Read Moby-Dick
 1. It's The Great American Novel.
 2. It's a terrific story.
 3. It's like spinach—it's good for you.
 4. It's ubiquitous—it pops up in literature, religion, politics, & psychology.
 5. It's bound to be a question when you're on Jeopardy.

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