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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Know-Nothing...

The more I read, the more I realize how little I know. I said I was not going to comment on "The God Delusion" because this is not a forum for my personal views about religion. I only have to say that there is something absolutely seductive about scientific proof against religion. It's as if we want to say, "yes, of course... why didn't I think of this before!" But the truth of the matter is that no one really knows. Science could be wrong, and holy books as well. It's been tough going with "The God Delusion" but I am almost done with it.

Going along with the religious reading challenge, I have decided to make some time on my 2007 Reading List for Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses." I might not get to it very soon, but I will definitely make some time for it. Somehow I ended up with a first edition print from 1988. I have no idea how I came about it but it was probably one of those massive book sales I used to frequent.

As soon as I am done with my present read, I will be delving into some Indian fiction/non-fiction with books by Chandra, Mishra and Upahyay (whom I happen to know personally). Of course, I have to go back to Joan Didion probably this summer. I have been meaning to look for an accessible novel by her husband, but I've come empty handed in my last searches.

I go back to the academy tomorrow after 10 days of holiday. I really think it is time to go back. By the way, my running project is not by any means over. I just got a really bad case of tendinitis on my left knee and it's even hard to walk at times. As soon as it heals I will be back to catch up on some of my running mileage.

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At 8:04 PM, Blogger Dorothy W. said...

I like the idea of a religious reading challenge!

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Dark Orpheus said...

Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" was a hoot. In fact, that's how I read it: as comedy. The fact that Rushdie had a fatwa declared on him for writing it reminds me of "The Name of Rose", where the overly "religious" could not abide humour.

I like your 2007 Reading List.
I've been meaning to read "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" for years. Just never got around to it. Am hoping to tackle "A Plea for Eros" this year if I can find the time.

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

I think you're very well focussed with your reads, JCR.
Looking to readig more thoughts of this journey. :-)


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