Wednesday, January 3, 2007

New Books and Challenges for a New Year

Started reading Shantaram this morning. This is both for the TBR Challenge and the Chunkster Challenge. At 933 pages, I figure I can use it for both!! This book came out in 2003 and I've been looking forward to reading it ever since!! I certainly hope it doesn't take me the whole month to read it, but we'll see.

The first paragraph:

It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall, and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn't sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it's all you've got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.

Wow. Who wouldn't want to read a book that starts that way? Wish me luck! 900+ pages of it!

5 comments:

jay are said...

"Wow" is right!! Grief-ola. Give us updates so we know if we should tackle it :)

LK said...

Another candidate for "holy cr*p!

I always keep thinking the Chunkster Challenge is something Jenny Craig put together...

Literary Feline said...

I'll be curious to know how you like it as you progress. You've wet my appetite. :-)

Kailana said...

Yes. For something so long, I need to hear lots about it before I take the time to read it...

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Updates are requested as you make progress through it!