Thursday, March 5, 2009

100 Greatest Books #82 - Our Town

Note - This review was originally published on my other site "The Geology P.A.G.E." but due to the content I have moved it here and backdated the post.


Next up on my reading of the top 100 books is Our Town by Thorton Wilder. You can find this book on the Sybervision Book List.
This play makes a whole lot more sense if you read the preface to it, in addition to reading/ watching it. From the outside it appears to be a play about a normal American family but if you read the preface you would know that it is more than that. The family is meant to be timeless. A thing that was not known around Wilder's time. All the concurrent plays were grounded in a specific time whereas Wilder removed all props and set pieces to give the play a timeless quality. A play about any town in America. A play about any family, and although it still feels a little dated, it actually has remained quite timeless. The plot was fairly simple, about a family growing up, loving, and dying, in a small American town. And it was easy to follow, although there is that feeling that your missing something when you finish reading it. I'm still not quite sure what that was but I did enjoy it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

2009 Personal Goals - March Update

Note - This review was originally published on my other site "The Geology P.A.G.E." but due to the content I have moved it here and backdated the post.


Ok, so it has been 2 months since I set my goals (only one since I posted them online) and here is an update. You can see the goals in the left hand column.

1. Finish the first draft of my fiction novel. Nothing more completed

2. Drop my weight to 167lbs. I weighed myself this morning and I am at 175.2

3. Pay off all my credit cards. One of the 5 cards is payed off and about to be closed.

Other achievements of note are that I finished building the main parts of the bar and started to stain it. All I have left to add are the shelves and the trim once it has been stained and finished.

100 Greatest Books #81 - Peer Gynt

Note - This review was originally published on my other site "The Geology P.A.G.E." but due to the content I have moved it here and backdated the post.


Next up on my reading of the 306 of the top 100 books is Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. You can find this book on the Sybervision Book List.


This was a play about a boy/man who started out running away from his troubles and inventing imaginary worlds from which to escape into. Although not the greatest of plays I have ever read, nor would I even include it on this list personally, it was not terrible. The moral of the story was a little late in coming but it came and the story felt rushed at points and dragged on at others but it may have been the translation I was using. The translator tried too hard to modernize the story and made it feel severely out of place at times. Not bad but definitely not great.