LITERATURE: April Fool’s Day

I have pretty much been brought to task by Mark and Steve to provide more in depth disclosures of my readings than I have been delivering here.  While my interest in reading and writing about my reading has been under the guise of reading to write (still with me?) I believe my bluff has been called.

April Fool’s Day by Josip Novakovich is fiction that contains political, religious, historical views of the Balkans in a period of time that is prime (Ivan Dolinar, the protagonist was born in 1948) for giving a voice to the underlying structure of a country and an era via fiction.  While I can say that my postings here have not touched on these things because I was not following that path of reading, the truth is that it is exactly what I have been pestering someone to teach me to do.  To read it all–not just as writer, but as philosopher, historian, picture framer, etc., in fact, person-who-just-like-everyone-else-in-this-world-is-going-to-die-someday and Novakovich gives just one look-see account of death that we may consider. 

I will, however, go back and provide some examples of what I’ve read, and my thoughts on them as I read them–even though I shared neither the text nor my considerations of them with you all.  The book, the author, me as a reader, and you as readers of this do deserve to see for yourselves exactly what I’ve been reading and writing about.  I promise to make it as intellectual as I can–though not on a level with my readers, I am sure; hopefully I won’t come off as a complete ass.  It will be better than the fact that I have finished the book and I liked it.

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