If you know me, you know I regard Agatha Christie as the perfect vacation read. I am partial to Poirot. I adore the David Suchet series too. We consider Christie to be light reading, and it cannot be compared to heavier non fiction, but I can tell you that, when you read other more challenging literature, even lighter books get enhanced, such as reading this title after Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, after Frankenstein, The Odyssey... all good and mind stretching literature and books leave multiple grains of salt in the layers of our intellect, and they provide an enhanced background where to add some book candy.
What can I say about the iconic Murder on the Orient Express? Great exercise in logic, fine character execution, interesting, entertaining, and informing.
Next title I finished was The Imitation of Christ. I got the one translated by Knox. I know nothing about other translations, but I can say I have enjoyed this one much.
How can I review this title? I admit that I did not read it for ages because I did not think a catholic book would be of my interest. And the last section, primarily and distinctively catholic, it's the only one I found of no gain. But the rest of the book was of much profit. At certain times, and in some passages, I could find some more marked doctrinal disagreement with Kempis, not because of Catholicism, more a highly marked opposition between spiritual life and the flesh or senses; sort of a dualism (I have not looked at commentaries or anything, I am frankly not interested in going too deep into this, or writing a paper about it, :)) I can only say I have benefited enormously from his thoughts, and I have been inspired and exhorted to imitate Christ.
I could quote 90 percent of the book, it is that type of book, but I will only quote one of the most remarkable ideas in it,
pg 145. The Imitation of Christ
Never read anything to enable you to appear better-educated or wiser than your fellows. What you ought to study is the way to kill off your worst faults; that will do you far more good than knowing all about a number of vexatious problems.
You may have done a lot of reading, and found out a great deal about a variety of subjects, but the basic fact you must always come back to is this; that I am He who teaches men whatever they know;
So, I am left with The Odyssey, Sand, The Deadliest Monster, The Everlasting Man, and my new language book, Through the Language Glass, all great reads. I should probably finish Pilgrims Regress too.
My dear friend, Karen Ann McArthur, the author of The Accessible Historian blog and first two sections of her book, has a new blog. Very inspiring. If art, homeschooling and life interest you, stop by.