The UPS guy must think I have a crush on him...I couldn't stop smiling as I signed for today's delivery at work. I splurged and bought the new release of In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Wall Street Journal has a review of this restored version as well as the first chapter.
I'm transported back to when I used to visit the library pictured above, which was within walking distance of our house. In junior high and high school I devoured everything they had by or about Solzhenitsyn. I know I only understood a small fraction of his writing, but there was something about the time (and me at the time, I guess) that responded to his writing. This looks like a good starting point to get reacquainted.
"Who's reading Gorky?" he asked in a menacing bass.
"What the hell for?"
"What else is there to read?"
"You'd be better off in the shithouse, communing with your soul. World's full of damned readers, damned humanists--dirty bums, the lot of you."