Not my favorite book. This book was a bit dark and down. I guess it was meant to be. There were probably some good insights into the behavior of adoleNot my favorite book. This book was a bit dark and down. I guess it was meant to be. There were probably some good insights into the behavior of adolescent boys of Native American descent....more
Family, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of a family, was explored. Poverty, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of poverty of family, was explorFamily, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of a family, was explored. Poverty, and how alcohol affects the dynamics of poverty of family, was explored. Life in the South...colloquial language...human sensations in relation to the mountains and moss and swamps and moisture of the southern states of the USA...these experiences came through vividly. What it is like to have the physical characteristics of a mother or father...how does that affect one's personality?
There were very heavy parts of this book contrasted with rather light parts...there was humor and sadness. There was a contrast between being "open" about life and being overly "personal" as one interprets what is happening.
Lots to consider in this book. The discussion questions included at the end were also quite thought provoking. ...more
"Opening herself up like this, voluntarily, to a lifetime of worry and anguish. It was madness, sheer lunacy. A spectacularly foolish and baseless fai"Opening herself up like this, voluntarily, to a lifetime of worry and anguish. It was madness, sheer lunacy. A spectacularly foolish and baseless faith, against enormous odds, that a world you do not control will not take from you the one thing you cannot bear to lose. Faith that the world will not destroy you."
This quote, from page 225, is a fairly good summation of the book. The characters go from opening up and loving to the various ways life brings loss, over and over in many different combinations.
Instead of pain inflicted by the conflict of war and hatred, this is a story of the pain (and joy) inflicted by love while living in either poverty or wealth.
Is there an answer to this conflict which presents itself in most every life?
Perhaps a moment of reflection or a dream...are these forms of meditation? Are these ways to let go of the fixations that plague these characters that are so universally human?
The last sentence of the book hints at the answer: "She shuts her eyes. Drifts off, untroubled, everything clear, and radiant, and all at once."...more
This book had some interesting insights about the ideal of extroversion in today's world. To discover research about the strenghts and weaknesses of This book had some interesting insights about the ideal of extroversion in today's world. To discover research about the strenghts and weaknesses of both personality types made for interesting reading. The realization that parents often think their introverted children need coaching to compete in a more extroverted social situation reminded me of how my own mother had encouraged me to push myself to be more extroverted in high school because I wanted to reach out and get to know more people. I remember my high reactivity to social situations and how I needed time afterward to process times with groups of people. Cain reports that this tendency in introverts has now been studied and documented as a factor of the amygdalae portion of the brain. The amygdalae is an ancient part of the brain --so old that primitive mammals have their own versions of this system. Research says that if a person was a "high-reactive" baby, the amygdala of that person may, for the rest of one's life, go a bit wild "every time you introduce yourself to a stranger at a cocktail party". With that studied awareness, I can now know to prepare myself by actively remembering to engage my frontal cortex to calm me down. There was a chapter on the Tony Robbins "myth of charismatic leadership" that walked the reader through one of Robbins high powered workshops, and another chapter following that one on how setting up offices to give people less private space turned out to be a problem for both introverts and extroverts. It was also interesting to read the chapter on the difference between the asian culture and the American scene. In the examples given, students in American school from asian descent spent a good deal of time evaluating (and sometimes feeling guilty about) their social skills and preferences and comparing them to those of their typically extroverted American counterparts. There is a lot of good information in this book and it could easily be used as reference matierial ...more
This book was recommended by a person who said it was based on the Orwell book 1984. I was surprised to find very little connection to Orwell's book aThis book was recommended by a person who said it was based on the Orwell book 1984. I was surprised to find very little connection to Orwell's book although reference was made to 1984 from time to time. The Japanese names were interesting to keep track of and the main characters had some endearing qualities but only one character was really noble....more
I read this book and listened to the CD. I enjoyed the CD more than reading the book. I think this was because the book was written in the form of letI read this book and listened to the CD. I enjoyed the CD more than reading the book. I think this was because the book was written in the form of letters. The letters revolved around the main character and yet it was sometimes difficult to follow the train of thought in the series of letters if I put the book down for any period of time. In the audio recording the actors reading the letters had distinctive voices and the personality of each letter became firmly established.
Each character in the book had a unique perspective on Guernsey and how the island survived the war with Germany in the 1940's. There were such a variety of perspectives that it enhanced my understanding of the human element of the war.
I especially liked the character of Juliette. She had such a childlike curiosity about life and the details of her experiences. Perhaps she trained herself to see life more closely as she read books closely....more
Reawaken to the power of the imaginal. This book is about a more esoteric relationship with a living soul of Jesus.
The first part of the book startsReawaken to the power of the imaginal. This book is about a more esoteric relationship with a living soul of Jesus.
The first part of the book starts off very slowly and carefully but at the end of the book all caution is cast to the wind. The author begins talking about experiencing Jesus as the people did who first were there when the resurrection took place.
"They experienced Jesus as present; alive, palpable, vibrantly connected; their experience was that the walls between the realms are paper thin and that our embodiment is no obstacle to the full and intimate participation in relationship with Jesus here and now. The kingdom of heaven is not later, it is lighter; it exists right here, right beneath our noses, in a more subtle but expansive presence that is ours the moment we move beyond our egoically generated space time continuum and directly encounter the Source. From this imaginal plane of reality, reality floods back into our own world and fills us with grace, presence and creativity. Here we discover God is not only for us, but with us." ...more