It's not too difficult to step in and say you would never do what Delia did in Ladder of Years. No mother would do such a thing! It's easy to judge heIt's not too difficult to step in and say you would never do what Delia did in Ladder of Years. No mother would do such a thing! It's easy to judge her. What this story shows me is how easy it is to slip into complacency and to take others for granted. What Delia discovers, and what we would all discover, is that our lives affect others no matter how invisible we feel sometimes. Every action touches someone, every decision has its consequences. Delia is a doormat for her family, but she's just as guilty because she has allowed everyone to treat her that way.
Abandonment has many forms, and you don't actually have to leave to abandon or be left to feel abandoned.
Don't be alarmed if this story makes you uncomfortable because you see a bit of yourself in any one of these very flawed characters.
The quotes below sum up the main character, Delia, and the story in general. The quote about the final version of the face haunts and intrigues me.
"Sometimes she felt like a tiny gnat, whirring around her family's edges." ~ chapter 2
"See, I've always pictured life as one of those ladders you find on playground sliding boards—a sort of ladder of years where you climb higher and higher, and then, oops!, you fall over the edge and others move up behind you." ~ chapter 13
"'When my first wife was dying,' he told Delia one afternoon, 'I used to sit by her bed and I thought, This is her true face. it was all hollowed and sharpened. In her youth she'd been very pretty, but now I saw that her younger face had been just a kind of rough draft. Old age was the completed form, the final, finished version she'd been aiming at the from the start. The real thing at last! I thought, and I can't tell you how that notion colored things for me from then on.'" ~ chapter 17
"Oh, the otherness of Delia's children never failed to entrance her! She considered it a sort of bonus gift—a means of experiencing, up close, an entirely opposite way of being." ~ chapter 19...more
I can't believe how fast I read this book (1,000+ pages). Bring on the next one in the trilogy (Bitter Harvest)! Season of the Harvest will scare theI can't believe how fast I read this book (1,000+ pages). Bring on the next one in the trilogy (Bitter Harvest)! Season of the Harvest will scare the DNA right out of ya! Never-ending action made me want to read this book constantly! The special role of cats is an added bonus!
While it's good sci-fi fun, this story also has an overarching theme of the consequences of greed and selfishness. Juxtaposed with this is the tireless quest of others to protect the world (sometimes at their own expense). This story is about personal choice and responsibility. This story is about altruism and the lack of. This story has a kernel of truth and gives you food for thought (pun not entirely intended). GMO's are a reality! Season of the Harvest points to the undeniable fact that we are a gullible people; we see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe. Our judgment is often clouded by promises and false hope. It's time to wake up and pay attention to what we put into our bodies and our minds!...more