Reflecting on this novel brought to mind a Bad Company song "Crazy Circles." The story itself begins in NYC, the year of 1974. There are several scena...moreReflecting on this novel brought to mind a Bad Company song "Crazy Circles." The story itself begins in NYC, the year of 1974. There are several scenarios revolving around a cast of characters. What makes reading this book so hypnotic, is that from chapter to chapter the paths of these different characters in different situations some how cross and overlap. Sometimes they know what they are doing and sometimes they don't. These are crazy circles ...
Life is like a game of chance Some find riches and some romance Some find happiness and some find sorrow Some find it today and some maybe tomorrow
I made a connection between the tightrope walker and the characters living their lives in precarious scenes below. It takes balance to make it through this world. McCann's is a genius at developing each character's story with internal thoughts to express their motives.
Tillie was the most fascinating character. I was saddened the most by her story. I kept hoping she would read Rumi's words "You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?" I wanted to see her rise up. In the end I was glad to see her granddaughter, Jaslyn, made a better life. Even so as the book ended, Jaslyn's destiny depends on keeping things balanced as the great world spins. (less)
This book is a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. The main character, Moose, is a boy at the age where he begins to recognize girls. What makes his s...moreThis book is a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. The main character, Moose, is a boy at the age where he begins to recognize girls. What makes his situation unique is that he lives on Alcatraz Island. The year is 1935 and Moose's father is a guard at the notorious prison. I learned that the island was home not only to the prisoners in lock-up, but also to civilians who lived in compounds and ran the prison facilities. The children of the prison warden and the guards are close friends and always have each other’s back. I learned that prisoners actually were assigned many domestic jobs for resident households. I found it interesting that prisoners worked as plumbers, handymen, and did laundry. In this story Moose and the gang foil a prison breakout and there are some interesting twists to the tale. Al Capone, a criminal gangster, was an extremely famous inmate that everyone wanted a look at. Having him as a minor character gave the children a lot to discuss, especially when he began writing notes to Moose and leaving them in the laundry. It seems that despite terrible crimes committed by the mob boss, Al was idolized by many. Looking back at old photos of my dad during this time period, I can see how the gangster look must have been quite popular. (less)
Well the Hunger Games are back, and this time Katniss thinks she is safe, but it is the 75th Anniversary of the "sick" tournaments, and every quarter...moreWell the Hunger Games are back, and this time Katniss thinks she is safe, but it is the 75th Anniversary of the "sick" tournaments, and every quarter the survivors in the past are reunited for another go at the games.
Now Katniss and Peeta have to relive the terror in the arena. They form allies with other players and soon begin to figure things out. There are rumors of an uprising against Capital City, and District 13 has reappeared after believed to be extinct.
Suzanne Collins leaves the reader with a cliffhanger! Now I'll have to read Mockingjay to see what will happen next.
I think Katniss has a moral conscience, despite the killing. She is forced into a survival situation and worries constantly about her, sister, mother, and "cousin" Gale. She is still confused about her feelings for Peeta, and would die trying to protect him. (less)