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March 31st, 2004

I really should be asleep but ... @ 02:50 am

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy

When one gets caught up in a brilliant and awe amazing book as I just did, you lose complete track of time. If I lose all track of my morning, as I am sure to do, I really don't care, because this book just plain rocked. I think its been one of the best I have read in a long while.

Pompeii by Robert Harris is amazing. Recreating the time two days before the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 78, and the day it occurred, we follow a man of my type, an engineer. His job is to manage the amazing aqueducts that supplied the area close to Pompeii with five times the amount of water New York uses today for the population of only 250000. When the water stops flowing, the engineer sets forth an expedition to find the problem to the corrupt (as he finds it) town of Pompeii. And that's where I'll leave you in the description, so you'll have to read the book. Face it to say, the book's full of mystery, thrill, love, and even some science. And that's what captured my attention the most about this book. NOt only was there discussions of the engineering regarding the water system (in very easy to understand terms I might add) but Harris seemed to describe the sheer amazing magnitude of the eruption that buried the great city of Pompeii alive. The culture and history of the day is described as well, but it was a bit weird (harris being British) to have the people talking in British-like English. Though it was set a bit under 2000 years ago, it was like reading a conversation of the day though I wouldn't use the phrase "Now there's a good lad". Damn Brits :).

That said I probably should be going to bed soon. Miss Marsha ™ is coming by in the morning to bring me lunch and deliver some stuff for wedding planning stuff (more funniness about that later when I've had sleep). I just had to get down my thoughts on the book while I remembered it clearly. Bookshare people, get it when its available. The rest of you, I'm not surprised at all it was, and still is a bestseller, so buy it or find it in your library.

P.S. Our internet is so sucky I had to connect to my cel phone and post this so I hope it makes it through. I'm going to push for satellite tv and more reliable, hopefully, dsl tomorrow. Damn. Connected to my cel phone ok, and even read my friends pages. Long car trips are going to be much better now I can tel. GOing to bed for real now. Yawn.
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Date:March 31st, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
THat book sounds really interesting. I may see if I can get it at the library at some point. I am all about the library these days. Speaking of, do you like Virginia Woolf? If you do, you should read The Hours. It is a novel written about 3 characters, a section about Mrs. Woolf, one about Ms. Dalloway (who is a modern form of the character in Virgina Woolf's book) and Mrs. Brown, a young woman in the 50s or 60s who is reading Ms. Dalloway and is feeling the strains of home-life requirements and tinges of mental illness. I got it from the library, after I saw the movie.

Anyway, hope you eventually sleep :) Have fun with Miss Marsha
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Date:March 31st, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely was a great book. YOu might just check at your library but it might be a hard one to get as its still quite highly ranked on teh bestseller list. I haven't wread any Virginia Wolfe (spelling I don't know) but I might check that book out. Then watch the movie :).

Ner's Random Musings on a life of interesting insights

a world of interesting factoids about nothing and everything