These seriously are some of the best essays I've ever read in my life. I can't even say how much I loved this book, and now Jo Ann Beard. What a fantaThese seriously are some of the best essays I've ever read in my life. I can't even say how much I loved this book, and now Jo Ann Beard. What a fantastic writer. Every single essay in this collection made me laugh AND cry.
Thank you, Mike Reynolds for such a wonderful gift. (I finally read it! )...more
NOT A REAL REVIEW...JUST SOME QUOTES THAT I LOVED.
Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled withNOT A REAL REVIEW...JUST SOME QUOTES THAT I LOVED.
Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.
Tereza saw herself threatened by women, all women. All women were potential mistresses for Tomas, and she feared them all.
Ouch. That one brought back some not-so-good memories.
Her soul had lost its onlooker's curiosity, its malice and pride; it had retreated deep into the body again, to the farthest gut, waiting desperately for someone to call it out.
Man, that whole scene just showed how disgusting and beautiful love can be.
"It is much more important to dig a half-buried crow out of the ground," he said, "than to send petitions to a president."
I'll stop before I end up quoting half the book. Though really, there's so much more. The reference to Plato's Symposium was fabulous, and pretty much all of Part Seven had me near tears. There's just one more quote I have to include, which pretty much sums up the reason I love to read:
The novel is not the author's confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.
Thank you so much again, Ben. What better gift is there than an amazing book? Nothing I can think of....more
Adam & Eve. Cain & Abel. Stories that have been drilled into my head since I was a toddler, yet David Maine makes these biblical characters seAdam & Eve. Cain & Abel. Stories that have been drilled into my head since I was a toddler, yet David Maine makes these biblical characters seem fresh and original. I love how Maine expands more on the so-called "evil" characters of the Bible, to give them more of a real, identifiable story.
Told in reverse chronological order, the story opens with Cain as an old man waiting for death, and ends with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Maine's ability to flesh out his characters so well kept me turning the pages. This book was a quick read, and perfect to have while cooking dinner, helping with homework, and hearing the constant "Mom...mom...mom" every two minutes.
Thank you again Lori, for sending this one out. You have definatley helped me become a David Maine fan! ...more