07-30-2009 03:02 PM
I found these photographs especially meaningful after I read the first section of the book. It is difficult in this time to imagine living in "shacks" as these people did and the hardships they endured.
I especially liked the photo of the wheat sheaves--made the book come alive!
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07-31-2009 01:16 PM
Thanks so much for sharing all the pictures. Shandi sure hit it dead on with her descriptions of the land and the weather. Only 3 more days!
07-31-2009 08:32 PM
"A house without books is like a room without windows."--Horace Mann
08-01-2009 01:42 PM
I just got back from Victoria last night. What a beautiful place. Your parents are very lucky. Sorry I didn't check these posts before I left, missed the restaurant you mentioned. But I had a full four days anyway. Butchart Gardens, Empress Hotel for High Tea, Emily Carr House (three times), Beacon Hill Park, Royal BC Museum including Imax theatre, Munro's Books, Ferry tour around the harbor, and, according to my pedometer, 54,588 steps (that's around 27 miles) walking everywhere from my hotel except to Butchart Gardens in a heatwave that brought temperatures to the high nineties. The heat made me eat more ice cream than I had anticipated, but I did all the things on my list, and more. Now I have five more books to read on my table and another city to add to my mental journey.
About the mental journey. When I saw the movie "Bucketlist" I found it sad that these two men had waited until they thought they might die, to do the things they wanted to do. I look at my life differently. When I get to the "final" phase I want to be able to lie in my hospital bed (I know it is not in my hands to determine when and how the story ends, so this is just my dream scenario) and take imaginary walks along my most loved routes of travel. There are little country roads and old castles in Germany, wild places along the border of Scotland/England, a coastal walk on Guernsey on the Channel Islands, a sandy path at Abiquiu NM, ruins in Marrakech, the promenade at the top of Quebec, the desert near Dashur, Egypt, the Bund in Shanghai, and many more. And now I can add Victoria's Inner Harbor.
Oh! My parents live in Victoria and they are very frequent customers at Munro's. There's a really great restaurant called rebar if you get a chance.
I am posting this from my hotel room in Victoria, B.C. Tomorrow I will roam Munro's Books
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08-01-2009 07:00 PM
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08-01-2009 07:01 PM
The personal note from Shandi Mitchell and the photographs greatly enrich the already amazing read, deepening the experience of Under This Unbroken Sky.
Looking forward to (finally) beginning the discussions (soon)!
08-02-2009 01:31 PM
Thank you! Now that I've finished the story I see that her words conveyed the truth of the images.
08-02-2009 03:01 PM
I agree, seeing the pictures does bring the story "alive" and enhances the book!
I love looking at them , hope to see more!
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library...."
Jorge Luis Borges
08-03-2009 09:12 AM
Shandi was kind enough to share some of the photos she gathered for her research. They really do evoke the time and place of the novel. More to follow. Enjoy!
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08-04-2009 09:30 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you. These pictures are just what the reader could use to put a "place" to the story.
Again, thank you.
08-04-2009 10:11 AM
Having finished the book and being an antique photo collector myself, I cannot express how much I enjoyed these photographs. They sent some tears welling up!
I'll not spoil it for others, but that family photo (#2 of the original set) just broke my heart.I may ask permission to use it when I write my review (or are they archival copyright-free photos?).