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Biographies (Booking Through Thursday)


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Today’s question for Booking Through Thursday is:

There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

 

Let’s start with the fact that I’m not big on non-fiction biographies. I think you have to love yourself a bit too much to accept writing (or having written) a biography, or if it is a unnoficcial biography it will probably be about the latest pop- or football-star (none of which interest me).

I do love fictionalized biographies, but I guess those would really be considered historical fiction rather that biographies, so I won’t take them into consideration for this.

Biographies I have read I can only remember two: Feel by Chris Heath and Once While Travelling: The Lonely Planet Story by Tony and Maureen Wheeler.

If we follow standard definition none is a biography. Feel is a month in the life of Robbie with many flashbacks and Once While Travelling is really the story of the Lonely Planet publishing company, but since it follows the founder’s life we learn a lot about their lives as well.

Going back to the question, I would probably go for a badly written interesting biography than a well-written boring one. Mainly because what I am looking for when I read about someone’s life is to learn about that person’s life. If I want literary value I don’t go to a biography. Then again, if I get both, all the better.

In the cases of Feel and Once While Travelling, they are both books I read within 3 or 4 days. The lives were brilliant and the writing very attractive.

 

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Booking Through Thursday

 

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Animal books (Booking Through Thursday)


I was looking for blogging memes and came across one dedicated entirely to books. This one being a reading blog, I had to go ahead and start doing it.

So here is my first Booking Through Thursday. Today’s question:

 

Since my dog is turning 10 today … what animal-related books have you read? Which do you love? Do you have a favorite literary dog? (Snoopy, anyone?)

I come from South America where there’s a very large fable culture. One of the first fable and animal books I read was Cuentos de la Selva (Jungle Tales) by Horacio Quiroga when I was about 6 or 7. My parents had already read the whole book to me when I was younger, and it was indeed one of my favourites growing up. To this day I can still remember most of the stories, especially Las medias de los flamencos.

Another animal story that stuck in my mind is The Nightingale and The Rose by Oscar Wilde. This is a story my dad read aloud to me while sitting in bed with my mum as a bed story (a bit of an odd choice I have to say). I remember how sad I was about the nightingale. I think is is the time when love and loss became connected and I truly understood their significance.

As for dogs, I can’t really remember a book with a dog as a main character that drew my attention. I like Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and there Ian Murray (Jamie’s cousin) has a wolf-dog called Rollo that makes some of the best sections of the book (at least some of the funniest.

 

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Booking Through Thursday

 

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