Sunday, March 25, 2007

* * * * The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany

I love this book. It is about the inhabitants of the Yacoubian Building, some of which rent space on the roof. There is a huge cast of characters and I enjoyed the switching from chapter to chapter, giving a real challenge in remembering who is who (but the author kindly provides a list of characters at the beginning of the book). I just didn't want it to end and felt that the ending was a little abrupt leaving a few lives with an unsatisfactorily end.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A Great Day In New Mexico

Today was a great day in New Mexico when Governor Bill Richardson signed into law legislation banning cockfighting. This leaves Louisiana as the only state remaining where this brutal bloodsport is still legal. Read more about this major victory for animals. There is hope!