Sunday, 11 February 2007

2 More Finished today

I finished another couple of those ones on the go.

The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea
by Mark Haddon
A book of poetry with a definite twist to it. The poems all flow beautifully, but you really have to read carefully and think hard to determine the meaning of some of them. Some of them are very dark, and I like the others better.

Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran
by Marcello Di Cintio
By a writer from Calgary who makes two trips to Iran to investigate the links between poetry and wrestling. He really does his homework ahead of time about the different types of traditional wrestling and Irani poets and takes tutoring to learn Farsi. He takes you meet a variety of ordinary Iranians and gives you a look at a variety of places in the country, including both cities and villages. He visits traditional wrestling houses and poet memorials across the country and is welcomed into the homes of many people. A heartening story of this country.

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