The Week In Books 2009, No. 21

Peace Like a River is the engrossing story of the tension between belief and skepticism as personified by a young asthmatic boy, his siblings and their miracle-working father. Written out like that it sounds like a bit of a stretch, but Leif Enger does a masterful job of storytelling using strong and original language. The book doesn’t plumb great depths, but it is engaging, solid, and remarkably clean. I’d recommend it.

Based on a reader’s suggestion, I decided to read Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield. I learned quite a lot about Thermopylae from this well-researched book, especially about Spartan battle training and the dynamics of that city state. Although I felt the pace dragged a little in parts, overall I enjoyed this book and will likely read more of Pressfield’s works.

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