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Aug 27, 2009 12:55AM

6968 Stephanie wrote: "Anna helped her beat the odds. I think one of the themes was fate. The parents played God, but there would be no Anna without Kate, and no Kate without Anna."

COOL. That's one of the most insightful comments I've ever read about My Sister's Keeper. You've given me fresh food for thought about the story.

Jul 02, 2009 10:54PM

6968 It's an excellent read and gives lots of food for thought. Very well-written, and Jodi Picoult deftly handles the different points of view.
Jun 24, 2009 08:54AM

6968 "Did you enjoy Cold Mountain as a book? I read the whole thing, but never really got into it."

Yes, I did -- it took me a bit to get into the book at first, but the characters really grew on me. :)

Jun 23, 2009 11:15PM

6968 I adore the film versions of Out of Africa and Cold Mountain.

I saw Out of Africa for the first time when I was a kid, before I read the book. I saw Cold Mountain, however, after I'd read the book, and I have to admit, I felt a bit of trepidation reading that Jude Law had been cast as Inman and Nicole Kidman as Ada. Nothing against either J.L. or N.K. -- they're both great actors -- but I just couldn't see them as Inman and Ada.

Boy, was I wrong. They became Inman and Ada, and I have the film on DVD and have seen it numerous times. I cry each time I see it. Even the soundtrack... *sigh*. Incredible.
Jun 13, 2009 04:42PM

6968 I love The Old Man and the Sea -- it's a story of determination despite tremendous difficulties and the courage to overcome obstacles and just... keep.. GOING.
Jun 06, 2009 05:27PM

6968 I read Memoirs of a Geisha almost two years ago, but what an excellent novel! I thought Arthur Golden did a great job writing from a female POV.
Jun 06, 2009 05:13PM

6968 Hiking is my favorite way to rest and recharge. I live near mountains, and spending time in nature is a great way to slough off the problems of day-to-day life. And hiking is great for getting in shape, too.

Another favorite R & R: playing the piano. I feel transported when I play. It's energizing and relaxing at the same time.
May 31, 2009 02:24PM

6968 Thanks for the link, GG! Sounds like a great one to check out.
May 30, 2009 09:09PM

6968 Emilee, I've repeatedly watched Born Into This (the documentary about Charles Bukowski), and every time I hear "Bluebird" recited at the end, I sob. I just can't help it. The poem grabs something deep inside me and turns it inside out.
May 28, 2009 11:27AM

6968 Hi, Kandice. "Bluebird" gets me on a deep, visceral level every time.
May 28, 2009 10:56AM

6968 Glad you enjoyed the Bukowski and Neruda poems, Aine. And what a great link from the BBC -- thanks!
May 27, 2009 10:53PM

6968 Oh, I am savoring this thread -- a smile, shivers, tears. Sometimes all at once.

Here are two of my very favorite poems (I simply cannot read these without crying), but oh my goodness, there are so many more that I love.


"Bluebird" by Charles Bukowski

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
you want to blow my book sales in

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do


"If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda

If You Forget Me
I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.
May 27, 2009 10:37PM

6968 Katie Flora, you beat me to it! :) I'm currently reading And Ladies of the Club and am finding it to be a delightfully engrossing doorstop of a book. I can well imagine how it took Santmyer 50 years to write it.
May 20, 2009 08:01PM

6968 I've read Rebecca and loved it (loved the movie, too). Has anybody read The Glass Blowers by Daphne? I have that book, but I haven't started it yet.
May 15, 2009 06:35PM

6968 I'm reading The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve. I'm finding it an engrossing read. Shreve's writing style is nice and polished, and I'm enjoying her characters' interior monologues. She goes deep into their minds, and there's nothing I enjoy more (book-wise) than a good character-driven story.
6968 I read this book last year, too. It's a page turner, well-written, but I wasn't crazy about the characters. Still the ending made me cry buckets.

One thing I didn't get: if it was so hard for Claire, a normal woman, to carry Henry's child because of the child's wonky genetic mutation, then how in the heck was Henry born in the first place (presumably his mother was normal, so she would have had trouble carrying him, with his wonky genetic mutation)?

Perhaps I'm just picking nits. ;)
Mar 17, 2009 07:14PM

6968 Thanks for the welcome! Gonna check out some more threads here. This will be a fun group. :)
Mar 16, 2009 06:34PM

6968 Hi! This looks like a great group. My name is Thomma Lyn, and I've been a voracious reader since I was very young. My reading tastes are all across the map. I love classic literature, Hemingway and Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers. I am also a huge Haruki Murakami fan and I enjoyed both of Khaled Hosseini's novels. And I love the late William Styron's works: Sophie's Choice is, IMO, a masterpiece.

Welcome, Adrienne! How neat that you want to be a writer. Read a lot and write a lot, and work hard, and you'll get there!

I'm a writer, myself: my debut novel will be released on May 1. It's called Mirror Blue and is categorized as a Literary Love Story. So I'm excited about that! In addition to writing, I love playing piano (I write songs and instrumental pieces), wrangling my four precious cats, and hiking in the mountains.

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