What Are You Reading?

Vacations for me mean getting caught up on my reading. I’ve brought three books with me and #1 to get behind me is Michael D. O’Brien’s “The Sabbatical” A novel. 

The opening paragraph:

If you were to drive through the navigable portions of Oxford at an hour in the late afternoon, you would doubtless notice a variety of human types on foot or cycle, rushing in and out of any number of college gates or along the cobbled lanes. You would, of course, be distracted by your own affairs or by the romance of the ancient university city, and perhaps not very disposed to close personal observation. We’re your eyes to pass over an elderly man walking up High Street, wearing a gray trench coat, rumpled tan slacks, a tartan scarf, and scuffed brown shoes, and wielding a folded umbrella, you would invest little time in wondering who he might be. You would probably dismiss him as a generic academic or as an alumnus-errant in search of old memories. If you were to indulge in a transient musing, you might think, a pedant, smile at the stereotype, and then let him drift out of your mind, never to return. His name was Owen Whitefield.

O’Brien has been my favorite author going on 30 years and I believe I own every book he has authored or co-authored, numbering over 20.  He weaves colorful storylines, tying in moral and theological battles. Not  your typical “beach book”

What are you reading?


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to What Are You Reading?

  1. Trying to read Robert Frost. I picked up a few of his books. NOw to just READ them.

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  2. Greg Taylor says:

    The Search for the Genuine – Jim Harrison nonfiction 1970-2015

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    • Ray V. says:

      Harrison was quite the man. I own several of his prints and pass by his museum/gallery in Denmark, SC going back and forth to work. I’ll need to look that title up. Thanks for the suggestion.


      • Greg Taylor says:

        Different Jim Harrison – I own a book of the South Carolina Jim Harrison prints I bought when in the mid-’70’s I lived in Barnwell S.C. for a year. The writer/artist Jim Harrison was born in Michigan and died in Arizona. Both Harrisons died in 2016.

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      • Ray V. says:

        Well. That’s embarrassing. I must look him up and educate myself. 😊


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