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Book 23

  1. Stone, Irving — The Agony and the Ecstasy (439 of 763 pages)
  2. Morpurgo, Michael — The Mozart Question (68 pages)
  3. Unsworth, Barry — Stone Virgin (312 pages)
  4. Phillips, Caryl — The Nature of Blood (212 pages)
  5. Howard, Robert E. — The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle (549 pages)
  6. Lockwood, Richard & Steve Potz-Rayner — A Little Book of Lies (170 pages)
  7. Vickers, Hugh — Great Operatic Disasters (65 pages)
  8. Howard, Robert E. — The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon (574 pages)
  9. Rennison, Nick — 100 Must-Read Classic Novels (164 pages)
  10. Augustine of Hippo (John K. Ryan, translator) — The Confessions of Saint Augustine (422 pages)
  11. Fitzgerald, F. Scott — The Great Gatsby (146 pages)
  12. Harrison, Fraser — Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota (188 pages)
  13. Banks, Iain M. — Consider Phlebas (466 pages)
  14. Banks, Iain M. — The Player of Games (307 pages)
  15. Carter, W. Hodding — Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization (239 pages)
  16. Mandela, Nelson — Long Walk to Freedom (750 pages)
  17. Banks, Iain M. — Use of Weapons (411 pages)
  18. Banks, Iain M. — The State of the Art (215 pages)
  19. Banks, Iain M. — Excession (450 pages)
  20. Kazantzakis, Nikos — Zorba the Greek (345 pages)
  21. Banks, Iain M. — Inversions (407 pages)
  22. Banks, Iain M. — Look to Windward (403 pages)
  23. Nouwen, Henri J. M. & Yushi Nomura — Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers (136 pages)
Page count
7438
book cover: Desert Wisdom.

Desert Wisdom is a lovely book in the gentle and enlightening spirit characteristic of Henri Nouwen's work. (Nouwen only contributed a preface and epilogue, as well as guidance for his student and friend Nomura, but it is a significant contribution.) As the subtitle states, Desert Wisdom is a collection of sayings by the fourth- and fifth-century Christian desert hermits, lovingly compiled, translated, and illustrated (in Japanese ink style) by Yushi Nomura.

The collected sayings transcend Christianity, as they are simple but profound statements on everyday interactions that could apply to any human relationships, regardless of religion. Despite their Catholic provenance, they feel lowercase-c catholic and, complemented by the Japanese drawings, take on almost a Buddhist aspect. The collection is a wellspring of material ideal for quiet contemplation.

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