I read this book as a history and it was a hard book for me to read. If I read it as a fictional story I probably wouldn't have finished it. The st290
I read this book as a history and it was a hard book for me to read. If I read it as a fictional story I probably wouldn't have finished it. The style of the writing made me read the same words 2 and sometimes 3 times to understand what was being said. But I was interested in the story and wanted to finish.
I think the treatment of the native americans was horrific. The all out genocide against them shameful. If this book was intended for me to understand the injustices that happened against the Cheyenne people it fails. I spend more energy trying decipher what the author was saying then I did understanding the story. The narration jumps from present events to past events in a confusing manner. I found myself always asking where in the timeline of the story was a particular event happening. Was this event a backstory? Is it part of the current events? Or is it just a memory of one of the protagonists?
Another issue I have is there are a lot a sweeping statements. The example I'm thinking about is when the Cheyenne killed a surveyor and his helpers, attacked some emigrants and took 4 girls. Later the girls were returned. The Cheyenne were disarmed and put into a prison camp. The 2 older girls (ages 15 and 17) were at the camp to identify those involved. This is how Sanoz describes the event:
"Dressed like visiting white ladies, with plumed hats and dard red cloaks bought by General Miles, the walked stiffly down the line pointing this was and that, and with them went a Mexican who had been around the Cheyenne camps too.... It was done on just the finger pointing by the two that the Indians considered foolish children, not women as Cheyennes would be at that age. Surely no soldier chief, no men among the whites would be judged guilty of any wrong because two such children walked along a row and pointed here and there while General Neill sat red-faced and unsteady on his horse overseeing the picking."(85)
A couple of things:
1) don't know why, who or how the Mexican has anything to do with the story.. I guess he was just there...it never is explained. Little unexplained characters or events like this happen throughout the book.
2) I think Sanoz is trying to describe how easy it was for the Cheyenne to get a raw deal. How that justice wasn't blind when it came to the Cheyenne. That the Cheyenne would be considered guilty by the 'finger pointing' of 'foolish children'. This very well could be true in this event, but Sanoz brushes off any idea that what happen to the families was anybody's fault but their own for being where the whites were should not have been. That is just over simplifying the matter and history.
This book shows the importance of being able to feed yourself. The Cheyenne were being bent to the will of the US Government by the withholding of food. If you control the food/water, you control everything. What wouldn't a father or mother do to feed their starving child. The Government made promises to the Cheyenne and then willfully broke those promises. The Cheyenne were told that they had nothing to worry about-- the Government would provide what they needed. When what the government provided wasn't enough, the Cheyenne were told-- tough. The Cheyenne were put into a position through lies and deceit where they couldn't feed themselves on a reservation and had to rely on the government. It is a sad story.
I can't help, but think about the millions of people who right now rely on government for food and water. I'm mostly talking about right here in America, but it is everywhere in the world. What happens when what the government provides for you isn't enough? What the government provides isn't enough. People will opt out, much like Dull Knife and Little Wolf did. I'm getting too political here, but it is what crossed my mind when I read the book. I think that the ability to provide for yourself and family is what makes America great. When the nations of the Native Americans lost the ability to provide for themselves is when they ceased to be great. And with that lost ability they were made to bend to the will of the government.
This book dragged on and on, I found myself wanting it to end. ...more
It was okay. I read this book up at my in-laws after we saw the movie. I didn't care for the movie. The book, as most books are, was better then th267
It was okay. I read this book up at my in-laws after we saw the movie. I didn't care for the movie. The book, as most books are, was better then the movie. But that is not saying much. The idea I like most from the book was ideas of hope, love and forgiveness. Forgiveness is very powerful. The theme of forgiveness probably makes the story worth reading. As quick as the book is, the story seemed to drag on and on.
I did not like the narration of the story. Nothing specifically annoyed me about the narration. I just didn't like it. Which is odd because usually I like narrations. I think I'm combing the two narrations, the movie and the book) I really didn't like the movie and the narration in the movie really annoyed me.
I thought the 1st book was more of an adventure. This book deals with different groups trying to survive and how small differences can become big d338
I thought the 1st book was more of an adventure. This book deals with different groups trying to survive and how small differences can become big deals. This book is probably more realistic, in that it deals with the day to day survival of 700 or so people (400 from and city of ember and 300 from the city of sparks). Both groups are trying to survive, with the people of ember depending on the good will of the people of sparks. This dependence takes its toll on both of the groups. After a fight the book ends with both the groups of people promising not to let their differences come between them. Tying themselves together, realizing that both groups have much to offer the whole. Although a very simple story, probably not a bad idea to teach 'Young Adults' as this is a 'Young Adult' book....more
I liked the first part of this book and the last chapter. The book is an easy read. At first I thought Gladwell was trying to make a point the life254
I liked the first part of this book and the last chapter. The book is an easy read. At first I thought Gladwell was trying to make a point the life would be better, less painful and more rewarding if we would trust the 'thin slicing' are minds do. Then Gladwell explains that not all 'thin slicing' is good. I guess I was waiting for an Aha moment that never really happened. There are some interesting stories and research that I enjoyed reading. ...more
This book is worth a qualified 5 stars. I enjoyed the 4 meals that Michael Pollan Made the their history. The two meals that I enjoyed the most wer464
This book is worth a qualified 5 stars. I enjoyed the 4 meals that Michael Pollan Made the their history. The two meals that I enjoyed the most were the corn meal and the grass meal. The industrial organic meal was just what I thought it would be. I've always thought that 'organic' is more a marketing ploy than anything. A way to sale food to a certain group of people. That being said, the industrial organic method is probably better for everybody than using the petroleum based fertilizer method. The last meal--his 'perfect meal' was more a personal journey for Pollan. I didn't care for it that much, but that is okay, it is after all Pollan's book. He can put into it anything thing he wants. I would have been more impressed if Pollan had hunted his pig with a bow. I think that would have been more inline with the hunter/gatherer theme.
Things that I've learned.
It amazed me how much of the fast food meal was from corn. I was pretty impressed with polyface farms. It made me happy to think the there are farms like that out there.
I knew that america consumed a bunch of the corn. I just didn't know it was that much. I would have guessed that we eat just as much of wheat and we do corn. I didn't know that the farm industry accounts for a fifth of the oil that americans use.
Pollan paints a picture that the current industrial food industry cannot sustain itself. He doesn't give any solutions or any ideas of how this could be avoided. The most likely possibility of this self-sustainability is the grass farm in Virginia, but Pollan himself wonders if this could feed big cities like New York.
Who knows what will happen, maybe the farms will be able to adapt and ajust to what the american public needs. Afterall, the current farms don't look much like the farms of the 1970s much less like the 1950s. That was only 30 to 50 years ago. Hopefully, they will be able to change in the future. Maybe local farms like Polyface in Virginia will pop up around the country.
I thought this book was interesting. The idea of 2 individual beings in the same body with the control and the guilt issues and what not. The book619
I thought this book was interesting. The idea of 2 individual beings in the same body with the control and the guilt issues and what not. The book started getting long for me after she found Jared and Jamie. I was waiting for the story to get on to the next part. I don't know maybe I was looking for more action and this is not an action book. It is more like a romance. Overall it was okay and I probably would have enjoyed it more if it was 100 to 150 pages shorter....more
This book took me awhile to get into. I was reading it between other books and the story never grabbed me. It is the basic political thriller. Pres512
This book took me awhile to get into. I was reading it between other books and the story never grabbed me. It is the basic political thriller. Presidential candidate Ross's motorcade is attacked by bomb killing Ross's wife and super agent Mitch Rapp tracks down the killers and extracts the justice they deserve. Mitch Rapp is doing this all with his hands tied by his own government.
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know that it was part of the trilogy so I was surprised and disappointed by the ending. This book is set in th374
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know that it was part of the trilogy so I was surprised and disappointed by the ending. This book is set in the future country of Panem, where 12 districts are controlled by the Capital. There use to be 13 districts, but during the rebellion the 13th district was completely destroyed. As punishment and a way to keep control over the 12 districts, the 12 districts are required to pay tribute each year. The tribute is one boy and one girl to compete in the Hunger Games. This book is the story of Catnip, the tribute from district 12.
The Hunger Games are televised form of Survivor/Gladiator games. To me the Capital is like ancient Rome and the games are a way to control the country. The 24 tributes are put into an unknown location and the last one standing wins everything. He/She wins the honor for their district and money and prizes. Game goes on for weeks and the tributes hunt and game each other until there is only one left.
This is probably the best fiction book I've read in awhile. ...more