Category Archives: The Numbers Challenge

An Update on Robinson Crusoe (by Bethany)

So today I am here to tell you about pp. 56-90 (in the Modern Library Edition) of Robinson Crusoe. These pages are a little on the churchy side. By now, young Bob Crusoe (who has no one around to call … Continue reading

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Update on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (by Jill)

I’ve really been enjoying the middle portion of this book. Events are progressing towards the book’s climax at a rapid clip, and Sammy and Joe are both fairly happy, which is never a good thing in plot-driven literary fiction. I … Continue reading

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In which Jill confesses her lack of progress on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

And now it’s Saturday and I still haven’t read enough in K&C to do a proper update. Most recently, Joe and Sammy have been dragged to a Greenwich Village party with a bunch of odd types. Salvador Dalí is there, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (by Bethany – the Numbers Challenge, Month #2)

Jill and I have a long history with Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange – a story that involves King Lear and Fr. Murphy and those long, dull days at the very end of one’s high school career … Continue reading

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Jill’s second update on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

I have made steady progress since my last update. I’ve gotten to page 206. I’m enjoying K and C (which is how I’m referring to this book from now on. The actual title is too much) quite a bit, and … Continue reading

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Early thoughts on Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  When I learned what my July Numbers Challenge book was, I was happy. I’ve been a devoted buyer of Michael Chabon’s books for years now, since I saw the movie version of Wonder Boys about a hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Beginning of Robinson Crusoe (by Bethany)

I have been pitifully slow getting started with Robinson Crusoe. I’ve been pitifully slow getting through all of my reading lately, really. Even Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – which is long, yes, but not difficult – is going … Continue reading

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