Oh my gosh! What a great story. I can't believe I never read this. I was "hooked" from beginning to end. All I can say is--fishermen are brave. I feelOh my gosh! What a great story. I can't believe I never read this. I was "hooked" from beginning to end. All I can say is--fishermen are brave. I feel so sad for the old man. ...more
My mother used to try to get me to read these Narnia books. I think I refused just to show my independant streak. Anyway, I finally read it. It took a My mother used to try to get me to read these Narnia books. I think I refused just to show my independant streak. Anyway, I finally read it. It took about 30 some years to give into Mom. I think I will call Mom and say "You were right! I loved the book." :)That would be a nice Mother's Day gift--to tell her mother knows best. ;)...more
whew, I finally finished this. I'm a slow reader and this seemed like an epic feat. For 20 years, a friend has been telling me to read this--not usualwhew, I finally finished this. I'm a slow reader and this seemed like an epic feat. For 20 years, a friend has been telling me to read this--not usually the kind of book I read. It was good. Even though I didn't love it, the characters will stay with me.
I don't know, but I think the long suffering husband needed to put the self-centered wife in her place long before he did.
I'd like to see the movie. Definitely was movie material.
Product Description Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984) was a prolific British author of novels, children's fantasies, and inspirational works. She is widely loved for her elegant prose, profound insight into human personalities, and vivid descriptions of beauty. Green Dolphin Street (1944) is Elizabeth Goudge's most famous novel for adults, winner of a Literary Guild award and adapted into a movie starring Lana Turner. A romance like no other, it is a saga of human and divine love spanning decades and the globe--from the Channel Islands to New Zealand. The Times of London praised the book as "a story of ultimate love, determination, devotion and forgiveness, powerfully and yet beautifully written." This new edition is part of the Elizabeth Goudge Classics series. ...more
Hmmm ... I did not know what to expect when I took this book out of the library. I am trying to read classics I have never read, especially kids booksHmmm ... I did not know what to expect when I took this book out of the library. I am trying to read classics I have never read, especially kids books. At first, I was getting distracted reading this, but then something kicked in and I was hooked. This book is deep and philosphical for a kid's book. Quite a few adults probably would not pick up on the profound metaphors. I found myself smiling at the author's whimsy and satirical humor. He does a good job of bringing heavy concepts to a level that a child can understand while maintaining a healthy respect for a child's ability to grasp supernatural theory. No baby talk here. I love his concept of those who know where they are going -- Children always know where they are going. -- That's so true. It's the adults who get lost. I also love his rose philosophy-- the rose was not unigue until the prince made it his friend. And then the fox's lesson of "taming" was pretty crafty.;)
All in all, I was torn between 4 and 5 stars. I decided to give it 5 since I was moved to review it. I hardly ever spend the time reviewing books. So 5 stars it is. :) ...more
Wow! I enjoyed every word in this book. GREAT writing. Potok held me captive from the first to last sentence. The character development is excellent.Wow! I enjoyed every word in this book. GREAT writing. Potok held me captive from the first to last sentence. The character development is excellent. I love the tender relationship between Reuven and his father, and the tense relationship between Danny and his father is palpable. The friendship between Reuven and Danny is well explored. Also, the Jewish history is so interesting. The characters will stay in my mind forever.
Here are two passages I marked:
Reuven's tired father talking to Reuven
"Human beings do not live forever, Reuven. We live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?" He paused again, his eyes misty now, then went on. "I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one's life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here. Do you understand what I am saying?"
Danny to Reuven:
"You can listen to silence, Reuven. I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it."
The words came out in a soft singsong. He sounded exactly like his father.
"You don't understand that. do you? He asked.
He nodded. "I didn't think you would."
"What do you mean, it talks to you?"
"You have to want to listen to it, and then you can hear it. It has a strange, beautiful texture. It doesn't always talk. Sometimes--somtimes it cries, and you can hear the pain of the world in it. It hurts to listen to it then. But you have to." ...more