02-02-2008 01:45 PM
You will be glad to know, I am still working on Sense and Sensibility. Life has gotten a bit hectic, and as usual in my life, reading takes a back burner. I also started rereading The Lesbian Love companion because I really like the way it suggests to look at life and thought that I could use a reminder at this moment in life.
02-03-2008 06:23 PM
02-04-2008 10:14 AM
Don't worry at all about being new. I had never done this before either and on top of that I am the trail boss (or the thread boss). This is a kind, smart,friendly and at times humorous club. And the Explorers read all kinds of books. Hope you stay with us for a long time.
02-04-2008 11:35 AM
What did I like about Atonement? Where do I begin...
If you haven't seen the film, getting to chapter 10 (or thereabouts) is quite a slug. McEwan spends so much time describing the trees that you miss the forest. But once you get to "the deed" it gets moving.
If you HAVE seen the film, the first 10 chapters build on the visuals that you already have stored in your mind's eye and bring the story into fuller being. You can stop concentrating on figuring out what is really happening and soak up the language. It really is beautiful language. There were a few times that I had to stop and re-read sentences 3 or 4 times because they were so beautiful - and so absolutely right. I have never been a highlighter, and I didn't start, but I think I finally understood why people do.
Aside from the language, the pain of the story itself is, I think, what really makes me say that I love love love this book. The absolute pathos of it. My heart hurts just to think of it. It is a rare book that can touch me so deeply - and without real cause, as I have never fallen in love during war time, made a life-altering mistake that I have had to atone for for the rest of my life, or lost anyone I loved. But then, I am a woman, and we are prone to hysterics
02-04-2008 04:57 PM
But then, I am a woman, and we are prone to hysterics
I very gently disagree... woman are not by definition prone to hysterics.
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
02-05-2008 06:22 PM
02-06-2008 09:47 PM
I have always dreamed of being able to ask questions about stories that didn't quite work for me. I like it when a book forces me to reconsider what I think is real. I like it when an author plants concepts in my mind that are so alien to my way of thinking that I have to take a break and figure out what is true. I don't have to agree with whatever truth is presented. Bearing that in mind, the best thing I read this winter was A Good and Happy Child. I really would like to hear what other people think of this book.
02-07-2008 12:18 PM
Your comment reminded me of a cautionary tale my great aunt once told me. Many years ago she was a kindergarten teacher. She said she could predict a child's potential for success in school on the very first day. When asked how, she said that she would observe the way a child took and held a book. Those children who had held books before knew immediately how to open and hold a book-how to orient the spine and look at the first page. Those children who had not had such an experience seemed confused. She used to say, "Can you imagine a child coming into school without ever having had a book read to them?" Now, I don't know if that could happen today- but I imagine it may still.
02-08-2008 04:46 PM
IBIS wrote: I very gently disagree... woman are not by definition prone to hysterics.
...and very wholeheartedly agree!
Hackensacker wrote: It really is beautiful language. ...
Aside from the language, the pain of the story itself is, I think, what really makes me say that I love love love this book. The absolute pathos of it. My heart hurts just to think of it. It is a rare book that can touch me so deeply - and without real cause, as I have never fallen in love during war time, made a life-altering mistake that I have had to atone for for the rest of my life, or lost anyone I loved.
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02-19-2008 10:39 PM
Isn't it odd, our society's attitude toward books and reading? I remember reading an essay that Anna Quindlen wrote about how she always loved to read but that love was met with a certain amount of suspicion. On the one hand our society is supposed to respect learned people. On the other hand there's a kind of disdain for anyone who loves learning. Reading is a quiet, solitary activity. Americans are supposed to be active, social, athletic. I find myself sometimes diving into books with such abandon and glee that I almost feel guilty. Shouldn't I be doing something else? Is it wrong to sit quietly by myself and be so happy? Back and forth my mind goes. I think that's the advantage of social support like this site. Yes, we readers need a support group! ;-) You are not alone!
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