reading in 2010

Oe, Kenzaburo A Personal Matter
Berlin, Isaiah Russian Thinkers
Firlik, Katrina Another Day in the Frontal Lobe
Gawande, Atul Better
Chekhov, Anton Дядя Ваня – Uncle Vanya
Chekhov, Anton Моя Жизнь  – My Life –
Kapuscinski, Ryszard Travels With Herodotus
Grossman, Vasily Life and Fate
Bukovsky, Vladimir To Build a Castle
Selzer, Richard Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery
Chekhov, Anton Палата № 6 – Ward Six –
Chekhov, Anton, Скучная История  – A Boring Story –
Chekhov, Anton, Чайка – The Seagull –
Nolen, William, The Making of a Surgeon
Murakami, Haruki South of the Border, West of the Sun
Williams, William Carlos The Doctor Stories
McEwan, Ian Saturday
Roth, Philip American Pastoral
Cassell, Joan The Woman in the Surgeon’s Body
Remnick, David Lenin’s Tomb
Pence, Gregory Classic Cases in Medical Ethics
Thomas, Lewis The Lives of a Cell
Montefiore, Simon Sebag Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar
Pipes, Richard A Concise History of the Russian Revolution
Hnida, Dave Paradise General
Kafka, Franz The Penal Colony and Other Stories
Eugenides, Jeffrey Middlesex
Nuland, Sherwin Doctors
Meacham, Jon Franklin and Winston
Massie, Robert Peter the Great
Kaku, Michio Hyperspace
Dovlatov, Sergei Наши –Ours-
Bulgakov, Mikhail Мастер и Маргарита – Master and Margarita
Asimov, Isaac Foundation
Murakami, Haruki Kafka on the Shore
Nabokov, Vladimir Отчаяние  – Despair –
Stuermer, Michael Putin and the Rise of Russia

The good ones:  Everything read in Russian was good.  Master and Margarita though was an unparalleled experience.  And it was great to read Nabokov in Russian, he is so so fun to read, and my skills had improved since reading The Eye, which was almost impossible.  Sherwin Nuland’s Doctors, a chronological collection of biographies of medical figures from Hippocrates to the present, was wonderful, and I just read his National Book Award Winner How We Die which was remarkable and which I think everyone should read.  Life and Fate was great, though I read it in translation, and Haruki Murakami is just fun and mind candy.  Middlesex once again proves it’s worth it to read most books that win a Pulitzer Prize.  Also, Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar was a mind-blowing portrait of the dictator.  It was just a crazy, crazy true story.

Lousy books: I thought Foundation was so bad.  Maybe if I had read it ten years ago, I would have thought it was sort of cool, but it was just lousy, lousy, lousy.  Why did I waste my time.  Putin and the Rise of Russia: and that’s the last time I read a book by a political scientist.  Unbelievably dull writing on an interesting topic.  Saturday was total crap dressed up as meticulously brilliant writing.  Just preposterous.  No more Ian McEwan, I’m done.

Book with the most typos ever: Classic Cases in Medical Ethics.  So interesting, so unedited.

Goal for this year: by the end of 2011, have many more entries in Russian.


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