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SUMMER READING, BY YOUR PALS AT MUTINY

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Mutiny Reading List We don’t try to kid ourselves ... we have a problem. Our propensity for picking up a book[s] while on the road, walking downtown, or an insomnia-riddled night of online carousing have brought our buckled shelves to their knees. We also have a solution ... Summer reading. Somehow this time of year influences us to recommit. There’s the quarry, the plane, the beach house, long holiday weekends, a slower pace. The following are the titles we had the courage to pick out; they include MURDER, the Sea, Satire, Cold War, more MURDER, humor and plenty of short stories. Get on it ! THE 39 STEPS: JOHN BUCHAN Written in 1915 and later adapted into a Hitchcock Film – we found a Penguin Pocket version of this a few years back. Spies, War, lowlands of Scotland ... Richard Hannay is the hero, appearing in 5 consecutive stories (this being the first). FIGHTING IN SPAIN: GEORGE ORWELL Orwells vivid account of Spain’s Civil War as a first hand experience while visiting Catalonia in 1937. Classic, afternoon read. ESSAYS: WALLACE SHAWN Beautiful essays told with sharp wit and attention to detail – Shawn (playwright, actor, author) presents tricky propositions on morality, politics, sex, collective guilt and privilege. (His famous voice will ring in your head) Mutiny Summer Reading THE NEWS: A USER'S MANUAL: ALAIN DE BOTTON De Botton, British philosopher and writer ponders our habits for sensationalism through headlines taken from actual papers. Why do we tend to be attracted to one story over another ... why newspapers should be written like novels. We also highly recommend de Botton’s The Art of Travel - get the UK edition if possible. PERFUME: PATRICK SUSKIND MURDER !!! German writer Suskind tells a story of ambitious survival and notarity through a man with the sensational ability to smell (and kill) in this morbid, lusty, beautiful, genius book. STORIES OF THE SEA: EVERYMAN'S POCKET CLASSICS We fancy ourselves Maritime men in this classic exploration of the best sea-fiction written. Broken into ‘features’ such as Dangers of the Deep, Survival at Sea & The Call of the Sea ... settle into favorites Hemingway, Updike, Saki, London and Melville. Mutiny Summer Reading THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB De ZOET: DAVID MITCHELL Japan. 1799. A story of rescue and forbidden love ... but not told in a sappy, frivolous manner. This story is gritty & manly – we picked it up on a delay at Schiphol Airport and enjoyed the historical aspects as much as the morally struggling DeZoet. Worth the commitment – Mitchell is great at transporting his audience. PALO ALTO: JAMES FRANCO “Written with an immediate sense of place, Franco's collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, often with heartless nihilism ... these linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.” PLAIN MURDER: C.S. FORESTER No such thing as a perfect crime and no deed goes unpunished ... great story telling depicts grimy 1930s London. Lurking with gratuitous opportunities for crime & murder, Mr. Morris is a gripping depiction of a coldhearted killer. Mutiny Summer Reading ANIMAL FARM: GEORGE ORWELL It’s a classic. You should always throw one in for measure. Chosen as one of the top 100 books in the English language & Modern Literature .... Orwell’s opinions are largely formed off that other book on our list – the one about the Spanish Civil War. IN PERSUASION NATION: GEORGE SAUNDERS A short story collection – “Saunders reaffirms his sharp, surreal vision of contemporary, media-saturated life, but keeps most of the elements within his familiar bandwidth ... his vital theme—the persistence of humanity in a vacuous, nefarious marketing culture of its own creation—comes through with subtlety and fresh turns.”

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