This is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as t...moreThis is the 2nd time that I read this book and I loved it both times. I have read the other reviews and there is so much that I agree with as far as the family values, hard work, education and joy of hime and homeland. What i did not agree with were the comments regarding the history or the boys trips through the cities. Yes, the history is not entirely accurate, the exposure that Dodge had at the time precluded that and the book was not intended as a non-fiction history. With guidance it is a jumping off point to learn about the fascinating history of this reclaimed land, the ingenious use of windmills, truly fascinating growth of the tulip craze, coffee and even tobacco. In the 70's I found Holland to be the cleanest place we had ever been to, with flowers to delight everywhere. We loved walking along the canals and seeing the unique architecture that came because of the land.
I so understood the love of blue and Delft because of walking on the beach in The Hauge one cold, windy March night. The skies were the exact color of the dish I had gotten that afternoon, I cannot possibly describe it any better. I loved reading of youth who had an appreciation and an understanding that they were ready to share of the arts of all kinds. I grew up in Dutch settled lands here in the US and Hans made me curious about the country long before I was ready to meet Anne Frank. (less)
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, never have been even though I wrote letters to keep Star Trek on TV eons ago. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books a...moreI am not a huge sci-fi fan, never have been even though I wrote letters to keep Star Trek on TV eons ago. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books and I do watch movies, TV and read a bit into the genres that are so popular now. I do find this fascinating though. It was recommended to me as a prep for the movie after seeing the previews and not knowing what I was watching, and was leary but my son and a friend asked that I give it a chance.
I thought it was just another action comic (graphic novel) or video game takeoff that I intensely dislike. I was wrong. This was fabulous. Especially after reading the Introduction that Card wrote in 1991. I was hooked from that point. I was an active duty proud military spouse at that time (Still proud, but now retired after a 21 year career!). We lived on posts with simulators that had soldiers from many countries coming to train on and worked with these same foreign officers in tactics. For my husband and I, Viet Nam is not just history, it was part of our lives and we read Asimov, Bradbury and even parts of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. We both read and understand history and now we live in Virginia. Bruce Catton was a huge influence on my husband's life, he remembers him from the 100 year anniversary of Gettysburg when he was a child!
I cannot say that our children were as brilliant as the children here but I do believe that there are far more capable children than our education system and parent teaching cultures give credit for.
I will be continuing the series and go see the film.