Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

I did it again. I read a book through almost non-stop without bothering to look up the unfamiliar words.

What can I say? It is an extraordinary author who can keep me more interested in the story than in the words it is comprised of!

Who is this Mr. Death Bredon? Is it purely coincidence that he bears a striking resemblance to Lord Peter Wimsey? And why does he persist in asking so many questions about his predecessor at Pym’s Advertising Agency—the one who was recently fatally injured falling down that old iron staircase?

These are questions the gossips in the copywriter’s room begin to discuss as unusual things begin to happen in their busy little world.

Meanwhile, in another part of London, Chief Inspector Parker has his hands full with a puzzling case of drug smuggling. If only he could discover that elusive criminal mastermind behind it all.

Of course there’s a link between these riddles. It’s a mystery story, after all!

It’s easy for a young person like me to think of the 1920’s as some remote era completely different from our own. A colorful time, but one completely obscured in the mists of the past. It was almost surprising to realize as I read this story that people—and even advertising—haven’t really changed.

If I really wanted to understand this book, I’d read up on cricket.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Posting Schedule...

...or why there isn't more to read on here.

I seem to have worked out a sort of schedule: if I have anything worth saying, it'll get written on Monday and posted on Tuesday. Didn't happen this week! However, I do have several rough drafts going at the moment, as well as a lot of ideas for future posts.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt
By George Grant

I zipped through the biographical portion of this book. Even if the subject matter were not so interesting, I think this author would be able to hold his reader’s attention. He has a wide vocabulary, and the ability to find just the right word to make a sentence come alive. I admire authors who do not stick to the conventional handful of adjectives and who make full use of the language!

Before I read this book, my knowledge of Teddy Roosevelt was rather limited. I pictured a large man in glasses advising the world to “carry a big stick”. I’m not sure if he had a stuffed bear in his hand…but it was certainly nearby!

But there was much more to this man than the caricatured image in my mind. The quality that stood out to me the most as I read of his life was his intense dedication to whatever task lay before him. He lived his life to the full—in fact, he accomplished more than many lives put together. Not only did he hold the widely varied posts of newspaper editor, U.S. Army colonel, governor, and president, but he also authored many books, had a vast knowledge of science, and, perhaps most amazing of all, maintained a healthy and exemplary family life.

Roosevelt’s love and respect for his father was his driving force. His father was his hero, and he spent his life trying to live up to the standard he had set for him.

I finished this book challenged to make the most of every minute, reminded of the primary importance of family, and inspired to read more than ever. (Did you know that Roosevelt read 5 books nearly every week of his life?!)

Thanks again, Peter!