Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Second Time Around

I have read more books in my life than I can remember (especially given that the list I had been keeping in my journal years ago was lost when the journal was pilfered on a Guatemalan bus) but only very few have fundamentally altered how I see the world.

In preparing for my "Hero's Journey" (copyright Joseph Campbell) I thought it might be a good idea to go back and read those few books that really impacted me and see how they speak to me, "a second time around." Now that Shalamar song is going to be in my head all day.

Yesterday I did a quick brainstorming session and came up with this list. The goal would be to re-read them by August 31st when I plan to depart:

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines
Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins

First up, Johnny Steins and his tale of the magnificent Central Californian Coast. After I read this book for the first time I sought out the movie version starring James Dean. I was less than impressed. In fact, I pulled the rip cord at about the 25 minute mark. I couldn't take the over-acting. I'll stick with the written page with this classic.