“It was not a great presence but a great absence, a geometric ocean of darkness that seemed to swallow heaven itself.”

A quick note on two books I read recently:

  • The Psychopath Test (kobo | amazon) by Jon Ronson was funny, sort of useful, and a little worrying. You might recognize the author’s name — he’s the guy who wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats. This book is just as filled with odd characters and gentle mysteries. Amusing, if a little too light with the subject matter, but still made me snicker out loud a couple of times.
  • And then there was Unbroken (kobo | amazon) by Laura Hillenbrand, the mesmerizing story of Louis Zamperini. I’d link to his Wikipedia page but it gives away too much. I found myself ignoring other important things to go lie in bed and read this book. There was no fiction or elaboration to it…just a story that would be unbelievable if it hadn’t actually happened. I’m not usually one to recommend biographies, but I’d recommend this book to anyone.

.:.

Photo by onebadpenny, used under Creative Commons license

2 responses to ““It was not a great presence but a great absence, a geometric ocean of darkness that seemed to swallow heaven itself.”

  1. Sounds like an interesting read. It does sound a little like ‘We Die Alone’ a story about a Norwegian WWII soldier who fought amazing odds to just survive the war.

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