THis is my favorite book of all time. I love all 3 stories that are intertwined here. The old couple are just great and I love the woman on the Mt. anTHis is my favorite book of all time. I love all 3 stories that are intertwined here. The old couple are just great and I love the woman on the Mt. and I feel for the widow trying to adjust and all the plant stuff, oh and the goats- love it. I give it 10 stars....more
Paula, I remember you saying this is a painful read, but now I'm facing it, cause it's a book club choice.
I'm so glad I read it!
While it's hard to facPaula, I remember you saying this is a painful read, but now I'm facing it, cause it's a book club choice.
I'm so glad I read it!
While it's hard to face many of the realities that confront so many women of Islamic culture, Ayaan's struggles to understand, break free and develop into a vocal women's advocate are inspiring. She comes to understand "my moral compass was within myself, not in the pages of a sacred book." On the immigration issue she states, " the arrival of migrants... is going to affect the heart of Dutch society, and it's time to face that." This personal story forces deeper thinking into the issues of religion, women's rights, familial obligations and immigration. ...more
Loved everything about this book. I am always impressed by Kingsolvers use of metaphors...
"Right up to the day when hope in all it’s versions went outLoved everything about this book. I am always impressed by Kingsolvers use of metaphors...
"Right up to the day when hope in all it’s versions went out of stock, including the crummy discount brands..."
" Whoever was in charge of weather had put a recall on blue and nailed up this mess of dirty white sky like a lousy drywall job. "
The ecological story line was great!!! but also the characters were so real and lovable. Delarobia and Preston and Dovey, and Cordie- all wonderful characters. Other themes- taking a look at living with way less! and breaking up or sticking together???? Understanding the in-laws? Raising sheep and dyeing wool. Kids? Immigrants? Scientists?
There is so much to this book. I'll read it again, soon. ...more
I had forgotten that I'd read this book so I just browsed it this time. Enjoyed remembering it. Very emotional. Quindlen puts you right there with theI had forgotten that I'd read this book so I just browsed it this time. Enjoyed remembering it. Very emotional. Quindlen puts you right there with the character and her thoughts and feelings. Took me back to my mom dying too. And then there's one of my favorite quotes- I copied it again- it's from when her mom is talking to her about life: "The being happy. It’s so much easier, to learn to love what you have instead of yearning always for what you’re missing, or what you imagine you’re missing. It’s so much more peaceful.” What a great quote. ...more
McLean & Eakin had Bonnie Jo Campbell at the store this summer. Great to hear her and read her book. Story is a coming of age story with Margo's sMcLean & Eakin had Bonnie Jo Campbell at the store this summer. Great to hear her and read her book. Story is a coming of age story with Margo's story taking place on a Michigan river. Often didn't seem like Michigan... could have been a lot of places. Repeating theme of revenge: Margo knew "you couldn't always keep things even, that in trying to keep things even , you could lose everything." My favorite quote comes from Margo's old dying friend, who says "It's hard enough to figure out how to live.. without worrying about what the hell's normal. You keep your goddamned normal to yourself."
Recommend this as a book club book- lots to discuss!...more
Enjoyed this portrait of the woods as the settlers found it. Great writing, characters to love and hate, and a good story!
"...Then she saw that whatEnjoyed this portrait of the woods as the settlers found it. Great writing, characters to love and hate, and a good story!
"...Then she saw that what they looked down on was a dark, illimitable expanse of wilderness. It was a sea of solid treetops broken only by some gash where deep beneath the foliage an unknown stream made its way. As far as the eye could reach, this lonely forest sea rolled on and on till its faint blue billows broke against an incredibly distant horizon."
"Here the trees had been old men with beards when the woods in Pennsylvania were still whips."
"It was trees... Oh it wa'n't day trees. It was night trees. When it gets dark you kin hear them come a hissin' around like a coppersnake and a rappin' on the door like a human. I went out and told one to stop and it hit me in the face."
"All the way home the woods lay dark and dripping. The heavy butts of trees nearest the path moved furtively behind them as they tramped, but the furthest ones stood off watching them go. Oh, those wild trees stood stock still like they hated to see Genny get pulled out of their clutches. They thought they had held her fast like they had little Sulie."
"It was no ordinary day when the wild ground gave birth to its first tame crop. The wind stood off. The clouds hung like summer. The tender sky came right down in the clearing, softening everything with a veil finer than spider skeins. A little ways there in the woods, Sayward knew the air still hung chill and dim. But here in the clearing, the four sides of the forest held summer in like the banks of a pond. Flies and beetles hummed in the bright warmth. The soil breathed up a sweet rank smell of sprouting and growth. And here and yonder the first tiny green shoots of the baby corn had pushed overnight through the black ground. You could just make out the faint, mortal young rows bending around the stumps." ...more
I recommend this if you like Faulkner-like rambles and interesting characters. It's one I'll keep thinking about.
p.16 Consider for a moment, the PaciI recommend this if you like Faulkner-like rambles and interesting characters. It's one I'll keep thinking about.
p.16 Consider for a moment, the Pacific Ocean not as a vast waterway, not as a capacious basin for liquid salinity and the unaccountable beings therein, nor as a scatter of islands still to this day delightfully not fully and accurately counted, but as a country in and of itself, dressed in bluer clothes than the other illusory entities we call countries, that word being mere epithet and label at best, and occasionally an excuse for murder at worst; rather consider the Pacific a tidal continent, some ten thousand miles long and ten thousand miles wide, bordered by ice at its head and feet, by steaming Peru and Palau at its waist; on this continent are the deepest caves, the highest mountains, the loneliest prospects, the emptiest aspects, the densest populations, the most unmarked graves, the least imprint of the greedy primary ape; in this continent are dissolved beings beyond count, their shells and ships and fins and grins; so that the continent ever in motion, drinks the dead as it sprouts new life; the intimacy of this closer and more blunt and naked in Pacifica than anywhere else, by volume; volume being an apt and suitable word to apply to that which is finally neither ocean nor continent but story always in flow, narrative that never pauses, endless ebb and flow, wax and wane, a book with no beginning and no end;… p.223 Also I believe there should be more religions; the more there are the less any one can insist that it is the boss of the others. Religions should be as common as sandals, so that you could wake up in the morning and shuffle out to the porch and grab any two in which to walk for the day. That would be good, I believe…. Something like that. These are just a few of the things I think. What do you think? Most of all I think we need more thinking. This is why the very first thing we should do when Pacifica is born is to start the National Dreamers. How could you have a new country without excellent dreamers? ...more
Just getting introduced to the characters and loving them all so far. Enjoyed all the stories and characters in this little town but kept waiting forJust getting introduced to the characters and loving them all so far. Enjoyed all the stories and characters in this little town but kept waiting for the stories to tie together more. I wanted to find out more about some of the characters and their lives. I'd recommend it if you like people stories....more