I must admit, I was not a avid reader in school until my Junior year of high school. I have an English Literature teacher to thank for that. He introduced me to historical novels and tried his best to get me to search within for at least a stanza or two that rhymed.
My Mother was a reader. We didn't have a lot of what I would call Classic Literature reading material at home. More like the newspaper, paperback novels and westerns...Zane Grey was my Dad's favorite author. Even at 35 cents, Better Homes and Gardens would have been a luxury coffee table piece of literature in 1959. I can just imagine my Mother's gasp of shock at my paying $5 for this copy to add to my collection of Magazine Ephemera.
I for one would not have come close to reading Doctor Zhivago as an eighth grader in 1959, but I had several friends that probably did read Charlotte's Web and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. They were avid readers. While they were reading those current reads, I had my nose buried in anything written about Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
As I read the 'Feature', I was struck by the timelessness of these words written in 1959..."The great ease with which books are turned out these days, for all that might be said for it, imposes on the casual reader an almost insurmountable task of selection.
Not so long ago, a man had time to read most of those volumes that pleased him, or at least the ones his salary could afford. Today, with a busier society and a more exhaustive and inexpensive choice, he has trouble keeping up with the reviews, let alone the books to which they lead."
I am only 56 years late in reading Gordon Greer's Review of Doctor Zhivago, Charlotte's Web and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, but read them I did. About Doctor Zhivago he wrote...Boris Pasternak, the latest Nobel award winner, was kept from making an acceptance speech when the Soviet Government forced him to reject the prize. A partly autobiographical, largely disenchanted study of Russia during the author's lifetime, Doctor Zhivago represents one man's willingness to stand up and be counted. It is not an easy book. It is a good one, though, written with great eloquence, and deserves everyone's attention.
I wholeheartedly agree with Greer's review on Doctor Zhivago...it was not easy. I won't read it again, but I may download The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Greer describes it as a robust novel of a journey from Kentucky to California taken in 1849 by Sardius McPheeters and his 14 year old son Jamie. Right down my history reading alley!!!
FYI...The Travels of Jamie McPheeters in 1959...$4.50 Today on Amazon Kindle $14.39/paperback $21.69. I am on my way to the public library. I'd rather turn pages!
How about you?
Read any good books lately?