I enjoyed this book and how it presented the story through emails, faxes, letters and story as told by Bee, the protagonist's daughter. The story is fI enjoyed this book and how it presented the story through emails, faxes, letters and story as told by Bee, the protagonist's daughter. The story is funny, but you begin to care for the Bernadette. One finds that Bernadette through the actions of a bully has lost her way and has stopped creating. The house they live in is a metaphor for her current state of mind. We find that her having to bury her creative side of herself is wreaking havoc on her life and her family. The gist is that we all need to find an outlet for our creativity to make us whole and give us a reason to help those who love us.
The book was a fast read, was fun and left you with a good feeling and maybe gives you a push to reflect on what you yourself has suppressed in your life that would make you happy if only you could conquer your fear of failure. ...more
The book was interesting but for me it was a hard read. The way Morrison shifted from memory to reality made the book at times confusing and ofter I hThe book was interesting but for me it was a hard read. The way Morrison shifted from memory to reality made the book at times confusing and ofter I had to go back an reread whole chapters just to make sure I understood.
However, the book was interesting relating how slavery affected the lives of people who had been slave. That just because they had been freed the scars of the struggle with the system were still real and affected the relationship they had to each other. It showed that the new generation might have a greater chance of unchaining itself from the slavery system once the people whose parents who had lived through it could understand and move on. This was reflected in Seth's daughter, Denver, who struggled to understand and then ignore the evils that slavery caused. Great story....more
Since I was a student in grade school and understood what our Constitution was, I always regarded the Supreme Court as the guardian of justice. I alwaSince I was a student in grade school and understood what our Constitution was, I always regarded the Supreme Court as the guardian of justice. I always felt that the nine people who sit on the court were able to leave aside their prejudices and allow themselves to be unbiased when it came to judging. Why else would the Constitution make the position of Supreme Court Justice a lifetime appointment with only impeachment as the means to remove the sitting judge so that they would not be influenced by the politics of the time. And yet, from the book it appears that the people who are appointed to the court cannot rid of their biases and find ways to reflect those biases in their decisions often impacting the more vulnerable in negative ways. The current supreme court is made up of a majority of such men. They rule in such ways as to make the rest of us miserable and they put their certificate of approval on policies which are unfair to the defenseless. This would include the Citizen's United which has been disastrous for our Democracy by allowing an ocean of money to affect the elections, the Obamacare decisions that allowed states to blackout of Medicaid, thereby ensuring that poor and middle class people to still not be able to afford healthcare, their Hobby Lobby decision which inserts religion in our secular society. It also highlights how the decisions in the 19th century delayed civil rights and allowed our apartheid system, allowed Corporations to exploit workers, and allowed the US government to intern people of Japanese descent. At this point, I have to say that the Supreme Court is not a benign institution but it is a reactionary institution that continually hands down decision which benefit the rich and powerful. It is very sad for our country to have such people responsible for the fate of millions of citizens....more
I slogged thought the book. At times it was hard to figure out what was happening, and I wasn't sure what was going on. Can I say I enjoyed it? Well,I slogged thought the book. At times it was hard to figure out what was happening, and I wasn't sure what was going on. Can I say I enjoyed it? Well, I did finish the book but every time I picked it up is more because I get it my duty to finish the book then really trying to see what would happen next. I guess, I kept reading because I felt that may the next page or chapter would begin to make clear what was going on in the book....more
Wonderful tale of our 20th President and some of the politics that existed at the time. James Garfield was in office a very short time before he was aWonderful tale of our 20th President and some of the politics that existed at the time. James Garfield was in office a very short time before he was assassinated by an insane man. Having had such a short term, Garfield is usually bypassed in our history classes and usually only his assassination is mentioned in passing. However, this book does put some context on his administration and Garfield's ambitions for the country. It is a very sad story, when one realizes how smart this man was and how unlucky the country was to have lost such a President during the era of reconstruction. If you are unfamiliar with James Garfield, this is a good book to round out your knowledge....more
An interesting explanation of the DNA. By the end of the book, I am awed by the way life evolved and I am in awe of the DNA molecule. How such a molecAn interesting explanation of the DNA. By the end of the book, I am awed by the way life evolved and I am in awe of the DNA molecule. How such a molecule controls life and adapts and changes to meet circumstances is simply incredible. No wonder there are people who insist that this could only happen by intelligent design. My knowledge of Chemistry is minimal, but I was able to read this book and enjoy the discoveries and the history of the discovery and understanding of DNA. ...more
I think most people are familiar with the musical. I'd seen the movie but I hadn't realized until I had gone to a live performance that the musical waI think most people are familiar with the musical. I'd seen the movie but I hadn't realized until I had gone to a live performance that the musical was based on an actual novel. I thought it was a story especially written for a musical. I'm not sure about the musical, but the story is a great story. It is really about the way women have found themselves trapped with men. In the previous age of Western civilization, men had all the power. They were expected to run their own lives and the members of their families. The women had to become subservient and were expected to sing the praises of these men who ruled over them. In the last century, when women were beginning to cast off this yoke of oppression, the literature is full of stories where women are incapable of surviving without their men. But in Showboat the women are strong and although they allow their men to rule them, they, in the end, take responsibility for their own lives when these men fail them with their weakness. ...more
This was an interesting view of the Supreme Court. This is the story of the Supreme court as it changes from an ultra liberal court to a very conservaThis was an interesting view of the Supreme Court. This is the story of the Supreme court as it changes from an ultra liberal court to a very conservative court. It shows that the people on the court are actually the ones defining the constitution. It doesn't matter what the court said a on a particular point of law ten or 2 years ago, the current occupants of the court are the ones defining the Constitution. If you have a particular ideology, then by god, you will decide the law on that particular ideology. This is what is happening to the court now. During the Bush years there was a definite policy of getting very conservative judges who did not care what precedents existed, if the precedents didn't fit in the present ideology, then the precedent would be overturned. That is the current state of the court, and this book shows a good recent historical perspective on the upheaval at the Supreme Court. If you are a liberal, you will be angry by the end of the book. If you are a Conservative, you will be pleased. But since the final say on the law is made by the nine persons on the Supreme Court, this can all be turned around with the proper occupant of the White House.
Interesting take on the life of Archimedes as we see him from the present and from other ages. I am currently reading the book, and what strikes me, iInteresting take on the life of Archimedes as we see him from the present and from other ages. I am currently reading the book, and what strikes me, is that everything we think we know about Archimedes is from people writing about him three or four hundred years later. It is amazing that his work came through the middle ages. It is obvious that knowledge was not respected in those age. It is incredible that throughout time, knowledge hab been destroyed at regular intervals. Hopefully, we mankind has grown, and knowledge is more protected from destruction now. The process by which details about Archimedes are theorized is interesting. The book details the logic by which these archeologists are able to determine the accuracy of the CODEX C book.
I'm still reading the book so I haven't got it all, but I am truly enjoying the book....more
It was a good book. This is about a man who loves a woman. It is about unrequited love. What I found most interesting in the book are the different asIt was a good book. This is about a man who loves a woman. It is about unrequited love. What I found most interesting in the book are the different aspect of life in India. There is the life of the tourist, the life of the "bon vivant", the life of the slum dweller, the life of the prisoner and the life of the criminal. This probably is the same as in any country or society one visits. There are so many layers in any societies, that each layer intersects with the other.
The other aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the respect that the book gave to all religions. It respected the atheist, the Hindu and the Muslim. Although in these societies, the Hindu and the Muslim are at odds, the religions still coexist in relative calm and respect. Maybe in a few months, I will pick up the book again, and read it again and see what I missed. Isn't that the the mark of a great book? I keep thinking about the things Roberts said. ...more
I really liked this book because the story is not about a saint. The story takes place and we are not presented with a Mother Theresa. We are presenteI really liked this book because the story is not about a saint. The story takes place and we are not presented with a Mother Theresa. We are presented with a regular human being, trying to stay free and allowing himself to be buffeted here and yonder by the winds of fate.
Here we have a man who escapes from prison, lands in India and because of dire circumstances ends in the slum and does some good for a sliver of the population. He is recruited by the Bombay mob where just by his presence, he encourages evil. He tries not to be evil, but his actions and presence protects evil. The story is an adventure where the characters survives on the cusp of the boundary between evil and good. The author seems to put no judgement for the choices people make, even when those choices encourage evil behavior. Whether we choose evil or good, we are manipulated by fate, and although we have the power to change our fate, we rarely do. The author and those around him, seem to fall into fate's plans and they rarely try to escape it, but simply flow with their destiny presented by events.
There is a love story, but the love that the author seeks from the other person never seems to materialize to the point that he can own it and change his and the other person's life. Both are stuck on the rails presented by fate and neither is strong enough to change direction.
I really enjoyed the book and I recommend it. Great entertainment and good writing....more