Technically this book is likely more of a 4 star read than anything else. It is incredibly engaging, horrifying, and accessibly written. The contentsTechnically this book is likely more of a 4 star read than anything else. It is incredibly engaging, horrifying, and accessibly written. The contents of the book never truly get dull, instead they simply keep increasing in severity and terror until the book finally comes to its incredibly drawn out ending. That isn't to say the ending is bad per se, it is simply long-winded. Unfortunately, it needs to be considering the amount of updates between its first publication and Ted Bundy reaching his inevitable conclusion.
I knew very little about Ted Bundy when I first picked up this book. Now, I feel as if I know a bit too much. Nevertheless, in spite of how much information is packed into these near 700 pages at the end Ted Bundy is as much as an enigma as he always has been. He's impossible to pin down, and Ann Rule characterizes this chameleon like quality of the man rather well. Many criticize this book as being too kind towards Ted, but I feel Rule's view of him is understandable considering the circumstances under which she first met him - and over the course of the book her views naturally evolve. I think pairing this book with another study of Bundy would likely give a better picture of the man, although ultimately it's impossible to truly understand anyone who did what he did. We're probably lucky that knowing him is something we'll never do.
I was recommended this book by my mother, an ardent gardener and lover of nature. From the start I was curious about it, and over the course of her reI was recommended this book by my mother, an ardent gardener and lover of nature. From the start I was curious about it, and over the course of her reading it she shared many little tidbits here and there that only further piqued my interest. I was lucky enough to grab it from the library shortly after she finished the book, and together we've now embarked on our own minor mission to discover an American Chestnut in the wild. Only time will tell if we'll be successful. This is the sort of passion that this book has the ability to evoke, though. I firmly believe it will soon create a new generation infected with a brand of chestnuttiness.
The story of the American Chestnut is not a particularly singular story. Other trees and species have followed a similar fate, and therein lies the strength of the story itself. What the chestnut has that other plants and species do not, is an intrinsic weaving of its life with our own, and an all too quickly forgotten fate. This is a fascinating story, a very human story, and one that will ultimately affect how restoration and conservation goes in the future. Will the American Chestnut be brought back? I have faith it will, and that the passenger pigeon will as well. The question, however, is in what form will these things be brought back? It made me incredibly happy that Susan Freinkel discussed that issue in detail. It's one that will soon (hopefully) be a more common discussion.
This book is fascinating and really heightened my interest in trees and the complexities of them. Forestry, by its nature, is complicated and I'm glad that the author really discussed how vital every part of the ecosystem is to restoration. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone - it has within it the chance to start some important discussions that more people should be participating in.
I, for one, look forward to the full return of this species....more
It took me a rather long time to get through this book, but not due to a lack of enjoyment of it. As with Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters, and SeyIt took me a rather long time to get through this book, but not due to a lack of enjoyment of it. As with Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction I took the time I did in order to better absorb the lessons present within the book and allow it to seep into my mind. I can't adequately say whether or not it will stick with me, but I am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the wisdom in this book and believe it has a lot to offer the average reader.
I'm a great fan of Buddhism and Zen teachings, and I believe that this book offered a fine selection of both without alienating anyone coming to it from another religious background. The bulk of the advice within the book is wholly secular, and although easy upon the surface it becomes difficult in practice. Nevertheless, that is life. Rarely is something worth doing not a bit challenging to do.
I enjoyed the advice and the poetry of the book itself. I found its offers on how to practice helpful, and have implemented some of its teachings into my day to day life. Books like these are easy enough to come by, but they serve as a rather helpful reminder that life often isn't as serious as we make it all out to be. I was lucky enough to have this book come into my life entirely by accident (I had put another book about Buddhism on hold and a kind stranger accidentally offered this one up along with the requested title.) Since this came into my life via such amusing means, I thought it best I read it. I'm happy I did....more
This is a book that I struggled to get through at points. It was almost too personal, or rather too intimate a pair of stories to be read in good consThis is a book that I struggled to get through at points. It was almost too personal, or rather too intimate a pair of stories to be read in good conscience. Having read the bulk of J.D. Salinger's work straight through in publication order (excluding uncollected stories, and the newly published Three Early Stories), I have to say that it has been an experience unlike any other. The pieces seem better read in this order, more appropriately ordered. There's an evolution in the writing, but not as great of one as a person may expect. For the most part, the writing remains the same - just shorter, or more observant. The voice is undeniably Salinger's (or arguably Buddy Glass's?) own.
Rather than focus on the plot, for fear of giving too much away, I'd like to say that this experience has been downright eerie. There's no separation between Buddy Glass and Salinger, and at times - if not through the whole of his work - the Glass family seems more real and potent than Salinger ever did as a person. The writing is painfully intimate, so honest that I needed to pause between pages during the latter story. I've never really had this experience reading anything before, with the exception of a few smaller pieces by Jonathan Carroll. If there is a magic in books, and I honestly believe there is, J.D. Salinger had all of it and worked it masterfully.
With 2022 looming ever closer I sincerely hope that more of his work is published. I also sincerely hope that he found the beauty he constantly searched for, and that eventually it will be shared with all of the old Catcher in the Rye fans - the depressed and dispossessed. Though, really, I believe there's beauty enough in what works by him have been published to catch all the bodies that need catching, and more....more
The Catcher in the Rye is one of those polarizing books that's difficult to talk about for obvious reasons. Many were forced to read it in high schoo The Catcher in the Rye is one of those polarizing books that's difficult to talk about for obvious reasons. Many were forced to read it in high school and despised it. Others read it later on and loathed Holden. When I was growing up, it was said that you either love The Catcher in the Rye and hate The Bell Jar or vice versa. It's near impossible to love both.
I fell firmly into the Catcher camp.
The Catcher in the Rye touched on parts of me that I really didn't want to acknowledge. It delved into insecurities and the desire for meaning that didn't necessarily exist in the world around me. It spoke to me in a fundamental way as a teenager that I think would be difficult to replicate as an adult. I enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed it every time I read it. It's one of those strange capsules of confused emotions that will likely always speak to me on some level. Which probably means I'm a terrible person....more
My interest in Through the Language Glass came from a conversation with a friend about how the color blue was relatively recent 'invention.' This wasMy interest in Through the Language Glass came from a conversation with a friend about how the color blue was relatively recent 'invention.' This was not that the color blue didn't exist in antiquity, but rather that it didn't go by that name. How then, did the ancients view blue? How did they view colors? Like most things, there's a book for that.
Through the Language Glass not only delves into the complicated world of how language and culture affects how we organize colors, and perhaps even how we see them, but also how the science of how we perceive color and name it developed over time. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is also delved into, as are the multitude of problems with it and where they just may have gotten things right. This book is dense with information, riveting in what new discoveries and alternative hypotheses it discusses, and rife with good humor.
While this book was a dry read at times, it was one I could not put down for the sheer interesting nature of all it discusses. It's a shame that so much of these topics have yet to be thoroughly discussed, but this book seems to be bringing glad tidings of a shift in focus that is more welcoming towards how culture affects language and perception....more