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   I've been AWOL. Reading challenging books is challenging when you're waking up all night with an infant and a toddler. My toddler still doesn't sleep through the night. It's ROUGH! My oldest wakes sometimes too but after a quick cuddles usually goes back to her room to read until she sleeps. So, I haven't gotten to read a lot of great books lately. Only occasionally. I am trying to take more time for myself as you can read about in my other blog which I'll post the link too. Hopefully I'll be be able to read more and blog more. Especially as the kiddos get older.
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I am so proud of myself!
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So Amazon has pulled the guide for pedophiles. It was first put on the site Oct 28 and was not taken down until Nov 11th after threats to boycott. Amazon first defended its right to sell the book claiming they didn't want to censor books. It's just a different ball game all together and the fact that they couldn't see that from the start and that it took them so long to pull the book really worries me. We're talking about the safety and well being of our children. That just trumps anything else they got, any other argument just doesn't hold a candle for me, especially after looking at my gorgeous daughter. For myself I think it will take a while before I buy anything from this company. Ironically they acquired a site that sells diapers the day before they pulled the book.
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"Amazon is selling an e-book entitled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," and shocked consumers across the nation now are calling for a boycott of the online retail giant." Reports Fox News.

Umm, I pretty much am. As a mother and a woman, no, a HUMAN, I'm disgusted and will not be buying anything from this site and will be disabling the links from my site to theirs. This is what the author says about his book:

"This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow," a product description reads. "I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught."

He wants pedophiles on the streets sooner, he also can't spell, sorry couldn't help notice that. As a liberal I'm usually the first to say freedom of speech but there is always a line and this is it. There aren't pictures so somehow this doesn't fall under child pornography, I'm not interested in technicalities it's just wrong and I know where my money isn't going,...any where this book is being sold.
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I started a book club on called Book Snobs of North Seattle. We've read Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz, The Vagabond by Collette, Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicolson, and Dead Souls by Gogol.

I liked Palace Walk but was really more interested in the women in the book and it mostly covered the men and boys. I guess the second book of the trilogy follows the women and the third must follow little Naima who is supposed to die early. Several of the members of my group very much wanted to forgive the father for his tyrannical behavior but did not excuse Yasin at all. Yasin was looking for some control over his own life with his disgusting affairs and so I felt some forgiveness for him, but the culture was no excuse for the father to me. Even his friends called him overly harsh and extremely jealous. The only good thing I could say was that though he didn't treat his wife like the treasure she was he did know it intellectually.

I love Collette. The Vagabond is my favorite I've read of hers, it feels the most true and real. Some question her place in literary writing. She's no five course meal, she's a box of Godiva chocolates, rich and delicious, and a little sinful. I love her.

The Portrait of a Marriage was fascinating to me. There's sort of a stereotype I think of the upperclass homosexual marriage of convenience and this wasn't it. They truly loved and respected each other. The most important thing to me was that the children always felt secure in their parents marriage, though Nigel does say Vita was a bit cold and distant. Some in my group didn't want to forgive her this. I had to say if we're going to forgive the Muslim father in Palace Walk because of his culture then why can't we forgive Vita for hers. Upperclass turn of the century English woman a little cold and distant, shocker. Very breifly toward the end Nigel talks about Virginia Woolf and this is the best part of the book. He says she would talk to them (the children) interestedly and in earnest, saying "Go away Vita can't you see I'm talking to Nigel and Ben." I love that, I love that she was good with children. Dying to read Orlando now, V. Woolf based the character in the book on Vita.

Dead Souls, I read this book a bit distracted. I had a kind of cyber stalker and other unfun situations happening. I wish that they hadn't tried to rescue what he had burned. Sometimes it's best to just respect the author. It reminded me greatly of Don Quixote, it only lacked a Sancho Panza. But there is a great scene where one of his servants says something to the effect of, "Oh if you want to give me a beating I'm sure I deserve it and a great man like yourself would surely give me such a beating as I would deserve." It was terribly funny and dark, just as it should be. It's a satire and commentary on the bureaucratic society and the petty Bourgeois still something we like to satirize today.

Right now we're reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, for Halloween obviously. They won me over to reading this when they told me she was the author of the short story The Lottery, shiver.
After that is the Satanic Verses.
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Quick post- what I've been reading to catch up and get in the groove of things.

I don't think the relationship between Maggie and Tom was as important to the story as George Eliot thought it was. I also never cared much for Tom so I couldn't see why she did so much. He's the kind of guy your girlfriend starts dating and you think, 'uh oh,' but then you get to know him and think, 'Well I guess he's a good enough guy but I'd never date him, I'd end up hitting him over the head with a frying pan.'
This was a psychological novel, she was trying to say this had to be the outcome because these people could only act in this way. But I never really bought that because I could never understand why Maggie was so desperate for male attention. Her father loved her and was compassionate and affectionate with her so it never made sense for me. Perhaps it was just a flaw of her character but if so it makes me like her less. None of her suitors suited her it was just that they were there.
I loved Middlemarch and have read it twice, but this George Eliot didn't float my boat.
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I'm coming back I swear. I'm always doing that, starting projects and not finishing. I'll have a post in a week.
Herodotus kicked my butt, that was supposed to be my next book. I'm a history major, but couldn't finish. I'll tell you more about it later. But for now, I think I'll start small, The Art of War, very doable in a week.
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