Nobel laureate. Thinker. Writer. Survivor. Teacher. Student.
This book is part memoir, part plea. He writes about his life and what he was feeling, inNobel laureate. Thinker. Writer. Survivor. Teacher. Student.
This book is part memoir, part plea. He writes about his life and what he was feeling, in memoir fashion. He also pleas to humanity to be better to each other. Its also about his constant study and search to understand his faith. He doesn't search for answers, but rather for the questions themselves.
Early in the book, he talks about his experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. One thing sticks in my mind. His emphasis that prisoners continued to practice their faith in the camp. They continued to study, pray, and maintain their faith no matter what adversity they faced.
Mr. Wiesel does not focus on his accomplishments or attainment of goals. If anything he focuses on his perceived moments of weakness, his perceived failures. I actually found this to be laborious at times. I admired him for his humility but I did want to know a little more about the positive impacts of his writings and his advocacy.
Interesting how his life flattened out as he got older, kind of like the rest of us. Like most people, he remembers with clarity the passions of his youth; his childhood, the love for his family and people and his pain at their loss. As he aged, his "work" became more complex, with more steps, and the time line starts to blur and blend. I don't mean to trivialize his work or his experiences. Nobody is immune from the passage of time. I'd think that Mr. Wiesel would agree.
Stephen Ambrose is a fine story teller. He's like your grandfather around the campfire. You just sit back and enjoy the story. The story is mostly truStephen Ambrose is a fine story teller. He's like your grandfather around the campfire. You just sit back and enjoy the story. The story is mostly true, maybe a little embellished, maybe some details are "fuzzy." But he gets the big picture right, you learn a few things along the way, and you have fun spending time with him.
"Undaunted Courage" is the story of big ideas, vision, and a few tough characters coming together to do something monumental. It will inspire, frustrate, and entertain you. What more could you want from a book.
Ambrose fell into the trap of myth making. I think Ambrose wanted Lewis to be a perfect hero. He admired Lewis. In this book, Ambrose acknowledges Lewis' faults, even criticizes him and his mistakes at times, but then he always circled back to Lewis' finer qualities, it feels like Ambrose needed to justify Lewis' faults in a broader context of his finer qualities. Ambrose has his critics. He wasn't academic. He tended to characterize Jefferson, L and C, and the Corps as being superior to the Nations and Tribes they met along the way. Especially Lewis and Jefferson. I still enjoyed "Undaunted Courage" and respected what L and C and the Corps accomplished.
Seeing the names of the members of the Corps, Pryor, Shields, Ordway, Colter, Sacajawea and York, so many places have been named after these people. (Visit York's Island in the middle of the Missouri, north of Three Forks!)
Every person I've talked to (who has read it) wanted visit the places where L and C and the Corps stopped. I am from Montana; I've been to some of these places. It made me homesick. And in case you are wondering, in Western Montana, Sacajawea is every bit as prominent a figure in history and place names as Lewis and Clark. ...more
Just like the description says, Balzac crafts a tale about the downfall of people who are consumed with envy and selfishness.
It is heavy on French socJust like the description says, Balzac crafts a tale about the downfall of people who are consumed with envy and selfishness.
It is heavy on French society and offers a glimpse into the world of high French society. Fashion and wit are how people prove their worth. I found the dialogue to drag at times but that's sort of what you get from 19th century French lit....more
I'm grateful to Ms. Smith for writing this book and sharing a little of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe.
She writes about what she felt, what was impI'm grateful to Ms. Smith for writing this book and sharing a little of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe.
She writes about what she felt, what was important to her at the time, the people that she cared (and cares) for, and why these things were important. I liked reading about the details that she thought were important. Details on individual pieces of art, mementos, memorable walks. I feel like I actually know her as a friend. I'm not saying that to trivialize her writing.
She also brought me into her world with Robert. I could feel her sense of wonder, love and bewilderment with Robert, his talent, his successes and his struggles.
It is truly an amazing thing when an artist gives a spectator some insight into why they create, why they have the need to create. She did that for me....more
London is at his best when he is writing about man as a part of nature or a player either with or against nature. In the end, nature always wins, itsLondon is at his best when he is writing about man as a part of nature or a player either with or against nature. In the end, nature always wins, its a matter for man to respect that.
"The Sea-Wolf" is a novelette about a soft, genteel type being tried and tested on a sailing schooner. It tracks him transitioning from being a soft gentleman with an income into a competent sailor, his life at the whims of the driven, merciless captain Wolf Larsen. I didn't particularly like dialogue between Humphrey/Larsen/Maud. Some of it had to do with the era of the book, I also don't think that dialogue is London's strong point. Initially skeptical, I did find the inclusion of Maud's character to be a welcoming turning point in the novel. I really liked the ending. Is civilization really that great?
Loved the descriptions of the sea and the storms.
The book also includes a few other good short stories by London. ...more
Graham Greene was so good at telling an interesting story and building three dimensional characters in an interesting setting. There wasNot very good.
Graham Greene was so good at telling an interesting story and building three dimensional characters in an interesting setting. There was potential all of those elements in this book but they all fall short.
There is some of the philosophical discussion that you expect from a Graham Greene novel, but the discussions feel disconnected because the characters are never really developed.
The ending is predictable, and almost an afterthought....more