Apparently not yet listed on Goodreads, my edition was a book on CD published by Clipper Audio UK. I appreciated the clarity of the narrator, Sandra DApparently not yet listed on Goodreads, my edition was a book on CD published by Clipper Audio UK. I appreciated the clarity of the narrator, Sandra Duncan. Highly recommended for those interested in the humanity behind the headlines....more
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
And so it is with Ivan Doig's latest and last book. Donal's journeys on the Dog Bus might “Life is a journey, not a destination.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
And so it is with Ivan Doig's latest and last book. Donal's journeys on the Dog Bus might almost be a metaphor of life with its constant ups and downs; rewards and reverses. But through it all the charm of the story is always Ivan Doig's uncanny ability to use language as an ocean of never ending surprise and entertainment. Just as a journey by bus is highlighted by sights out the window, my journey through this tale was enhanced by Doig's remarkable and entertaining use of words. And in the end I loved how he gathered the strands of the journey and tied them together in a tidy bow.
Here's a taste of Doig language: "...what is imagination but mental mischief of a kind, and why can't a youngster, particularly one out on his own, protectively occupy himself with invention of that sort before maturity works him over?"-p. 37
"Whatever the travels of his tongue, I was finding this big husky open-faced man to be the one thing about Wisconsin that I felt vaguely comfortable with.....In most ways he was homely as a pickle. That elongated face and the prominent teeth, taken together with the cockeyed gaze magnified by his glasses, gave him the look of someone loopy enough that you might not want to sit right down next to, although of course there I was, plotched beside him just like another potted plant."
"My feet barely tickled the ground, I was on such a cloud as I crossed the ranch owned by the champion saddle bronc rider of the world." ...more
This little book is both a delight and the authentic voice of a child growing up in a conservative Mennonite home. Written with much humor and grace,This little book is both a delight and the authentic voice of a child growing up in a conservative Mennonite home. Written with much humor and grace, the author has captured the unvarnished viewpoint of the child. For the humor as well as the grace and most of all for the viewpoint of the child she left behind, this book gets 5 stars. ...more
The Keys of the Kingdom is a rich thought provoking story of an unorthodox thoroughly lovable Scottish priest whose life is his most powerful message.The Keys of the Kingdom is a rich thought provoking story of an unorthodox thoroughly lovable Scottish priest whose life is his most powerful message. Rather than seeking to change people, Francis opens his arms with love & acceptance of all. This book may deserve a second reading. Highly recommended for book clubs and discussion groups of all kinds.
"'That is life...to begin again when everything is lost.'" -219
"Waking in the morning with the starlings chattering in the eaves, and the coolness of the dawn still dewed upon the grass, his second thought was that there could be no greater happiness than to work--much with his hands, a little with his head, but mostly with his heart--and to live, simply, like this, close to the earth which, to him, never seemed far from heaven."-230
"To his annoyance, Sleeth had found himself flushing. "You seem to have a very slight regard for Holy Church." "On the contrary...all my life I have rejoiced to feel her arms about me. The Church is our great mother, leading us forward...a band of pilgrims, through the night. But perhaps there are other mothers. And perhaps even some poor solitary pilgrims who stumble home alone."-341
"Anselm shrugged....annoyed, '...I must tell you frankly, I'm sadly disappointed in your conduct of this mission. Take your convert rate. It doesn't compare with our other statistics. We run them as a graph at headquarters, and you're the lowest in the whole chart."-226
"There are many gates to heaven. We enter by one, these new preachers by another. How can we deny them the right to practice virtue in their own way? If they desire it, then they must come."-235
"The priest's heart glowed. Dear Lord, he thought, kindness and toleration--with these two virtues how wonderful Thy earth would be!" -240
"They were all running towards him, his children, his people whom he loved--whom, at the cost of his dearest principle, he had saved."-275
"You missionaries walk in with your Gospel and walk off with our land."-284
"The goodness of a religion is best judged by the goodness of its adherents. My friend...you have conquered me by example."-320
""Our bones may moulder and become the earth of the fields but the Spirit issues forth and lives on high in a condition of glorious brightness. God is the Father of all mankind."" ...Sleeth looked at Father Chisholm. "Excellent. Didn't Saint Paul say that?" "No." The old man shook his head apologetically. "It was Confucius."
If you have not read Huckleberry Finn since childhood, you might want to pick it up again for a whole new experience. An amazing story; far surpassingIf you have not read Huckleberry Finn since childhood, you might want to pick it up again for a whole new experience. An amazing story; far surpassing my memory of it.
Unfortunately I could not find on Goodreads the hardcover edition I found at the library that includes an introduction by Toni Morrison. This edition came from Oxford University Press in 1996 and also includes the wonderful original illustrations.
I enjoyed it so much I may now want to listen to a recorded edition!...more