What are you reading?

I’m very lazy around here these days. I constantly think of reviews I might write and funny posts I should publish, but I don’t do it. So let’s keep it simple.

Dorothy asked a simple question spurred by Booking Through Thursday, so even if it’s Friday already, I’ll answer her:

– I started a non-fiction book by Bruno Bettelheim on kibbutz children, Children of the Dream, or more precisely on communal child-rearing and its psychological implications. How I got into this book is quite a long story. Let’s just say I wanted to read something from him. I wanted to rekindle my interest in Freudian analysis, but I guess this project got a little derailed. I don’t know much about kibbutz, except for a crime novel from Batya Gur I enjoyed quite a lot a few years ago; so this reading is quite exotic to me. It was written in the 1960s, so sometimes it’s quite outdated. I don’t really agree with all he says and things have changed tremendously since its publication, but never mind. It makes me think hard!

– I started a mystery by Jean-François Parot, that takes place in Paris in 1770: The Ghost of the Rue Royale. The book was recommended by Mr. Smithereens, I don’t know why I waited so long to try it. It’s so much fun! The writer recreates daily life in Paris under the reign of King Louis XV, and I believe it rings quite true. I remember reading a non-fiction book by Arlette Farge on the same subject and it was fascinating. This mystery is part of a series featuring Inspector Le Floch, so I guess I’ll not stop at only one adventure!

I have older unfinished books on my night stand and lots of reviews to write, but these 2 titles will certainly keep me entertained for a few more days. What are you reading?

3 thoughts on “What are you reading?

  1. I read Bettelheim’s Children of the Dream so many years ago that I can’t speak to it. What I do know is that Kibbutz child rearing practices changed, taking more recognition of parental ties.

    Another group that tried something similar was the Oneida Community in 19th century America. They called themselves Perfectionists and felt that one thing that stood in the way perfection was the “selfishness” of personal ties, whether between husband wife or parent or child. It was a strongly held ideological position, but it broke down in less than 30 years.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation of “The Ghost of the Rue Royale”. It sounds good. I’m putting it on my TBR list. I just started a fictional romance book called “Soul Mate” by Richard Weaver. It’s one of those books you can’t seem to put down. Here’s to a great weekend of reading!

  3. SilverSeason – it’s great to find someone else who read that book! I have yet to finish it, but a lot of it is quite controversial and contrary to what we think now.

    Betty – thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your great reading weekend!

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