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Favorite read of 2006?

What was your favorite read of 2006?

Mine was The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory


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Dec. 31st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Mine was The Prestige by Christopher Priest. I couldn't put it down. When I was nearing the end, I even took lunch/tea breaks alone so I could read it!
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
OMG, that was my 2nd favorite...I LOOOOVE that book! I think I will be reading it once a year!
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
I read the prophet Hosea the other night. He's a good read if you know the situation he's talking about. I find most of the prophets come alive when read aloud.

Mostly this year I read books for research purposes, some of which nearly broke my heart, they were so dull. Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" is entirely over-rated, and a good demonstration of how not to tell a story.
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
OOH! I will read that then!
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hosea? If so I'll be happy to advise what is going on, because some background is useful.

Malory? Please, read TH White instead! Or start at what Malory called book 18, where he finally develops the ability to write.
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hosea is what I was talking about.

I read Malory so long ago I cannot remember it much haha!
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
The trick of reading an OT prophet like Hosea, is to realise that they move continually between speaking for themselves and of the events in their life, and acting as the literal voice of God.

The events they live through are intended to enable them to understand God's feelings, in order that they can convey his message in a truly heartfelt way. Also they are often called to enact something that those who see them doing will ask them about, to illustrate what God is saying through a kind of street theatre. I suppose this must make them difficult to understand for many people.

Also, the incredible truth is understated - for hundreds of years Israel worshiped false gods, indulged in shrine prostitution (including homosexual shrine prostitution) and at times sacrificed their first born children to the fires of Molech; literally burned them as sacrifices.

When some see God as vengeful in the OT, I think he was very restrained over centuries; but finally, he sent his people to be captive in Babylon, after which they never returned to those things.

Far too many people have no idea of those matters. But it's all in the bible.
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
As a simple example, Hosea 3:

The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."

So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.

Then I told her, "You are to live with me for many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you. For the Israelites will live for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterwards the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days."

God has told Hosea to marry an adulteress because Israel is guilty of spiritual adultery; they worship other gods. Thus by taking her back as commanded, Hosea symbolises God's acceptance of Israel's ultimate return, by enacting it in his own life. Yet we see him advise her in his own words, drawn from the knowledge of what God has told him. Hosea acts throughout as he is instructed; and though his life is heartbreaking, he understands that he is being shown what it is like to be God, spiritually married to unfaithful Israel.

There are harder passages, but if we keep in mind that God instructs, Hosea acts, and that we need to ask what is Hosea speaking for himself (very little), what is Hosea speaking of what he understands, and what is God speaking directly through Hosea, we enter into one of the most profoundly moving stories told.
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