Posts Tagged ‘100-149 pages’

2. “The Diving-bell and the Butterfly,” Jean-Dominic Bauby

November 12, 2009 1 comment

It was good!

This is the memoir of Jean-Dominic Bauby, the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle. It recounts his experiences with Locked-In Syndrome, which he experienced following a stroke. It is written in a series of short chapter’s. Bauby’s writing is lyrical. Each of the chapters feels almost like a stand-alone story– a function of Bauby memorizing each chapter in the early mornings before his transcriber came. She then would say the letters of the French alphabet in descending order of frequency and he would blink when she hit the appropriate letter. An entire book written this way! According to Wikipedia, the book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes.

Page count: 144
Page total: 218


63. “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” JK Rowling

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Totally dispensable. I liked the Harry Potter books, this is just a few disjointed fairy tales with a couple quips from Dumbledore. At least it was a really quick read.

Page count: 111
Page total: 24,299

34. “The Old Man and the Sea,” Ernest Hemingway

May 19, 2009 1 comment

Well. That about broke my heart. I can’t believe my father recommended this to my (extremely empathetic) younger sister.

Page count: 127
Page total: 16,572

32. “Zombie Haiku,” Ryan Mecum

May 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Novel idea, somewhat repetitious content.

A few I like:

Dear Mom, I love you.
This ain’t my most poetic,
but I really hurt.

Brains, brains, brains, brains, brains.
Brains, brains, brains, brains, brains, brains, brains, brains.
Brains, brains, brains, brains, brains.

She’s always with me,
especially if my gut
can’t digest toenails.

You are so lucky
that I cannot remember
how to use doorknobs.

Page count: 139
Page total: 16,082
LOEP entry

29. “The Hamburger: A History,” Josh Ozersky

May 5, 2009 1 comment

Interesting, quick read. Sometimes the sentence structure was fucking ridiculous, though.

Page count: 148
Page total: 15,073