This is an unfinished work, a collection of notes and thoughts about The Moon that Thoreau had collected together and died before finishing. It's thouThis is an unfinished work, a collection of notes and thoughts about The Moon that Thoreau had collected together and died before finishing. It's thought it may have been a lecture, but it could have been a series of essays to be published, or who knows. We can only guess what Thoreau was thinking of doing with his collected thoughts about The Moon.
Some of the passages are lyrical and poetic, others are more an essay. As incomplete this collection doesn't form a clear thought, no direction, just many observations about The Moon and being out at night, while the rest of humankind usually sleeps.
Some good passages, some not so much. But here is one I liked that summed up this short book well: "That kind of life which sleeping we dream that we live awake, in our walks by night we waking live; while our daily life appears as a dream."...more
This is very short book developed out of Paul Madonna's personal experience of being evicted out of his home in San Francisco. Yes, a renter, but at tThis is very short book developed out of Paul Madonna's personal experience of being evicted out of his home in San Francisco. Yes, a renter, but at the same place for about ten years. Seemed unfair, especially since the landlord was likely breaking tenant rights law.
The surreal experiences talked about in the book reflects what Paul felt going through this process. His drawings were good, but sometimes didn't seem to me to match what was going on in the story.
As I said, a very short work, and most the time while reading this I felt like the book was written for just people of San Francisco. I felt like such an outsider. Sometimes the specific reflects to the larger, but in this case I didn't get that sense at all. I'm no stranger to San Francisco, although I do not now, nor in the past, lived in the city. I have been a frequent visitor for the past, (wow) thirty years now (i'm getting old!). My frequent visits have caused me to know the place better than Los Angeles, which is near where I live now and spent most of my life. So why do I feel like such an outsider with this book?
PS: Final thought, little funny to me as it opens with "Imagine you're on an airplane...." well that was easy for me, because I was on one while I read this book. :)...more
A short book. The writing style was a little off, too many short sentences and many of them incomplete. After reading a good portion that writing stylA short book. The writing style was a little off, too many short sentences and many of them incomplete. After reading a good portion that writing style disappeared, either it got better or I just didn't notice as much.
The story was a little odd, basically a woman, Leah, in her early thirties slowly discovering what she wants, maybe. It's not very satisfying and is achieved in fits and starts. There's some magical realism thrown in, such as Leah's old boss who recently died talking to Leah. Also the car willed to Leah from the dead boss, who was killed in that car, magically fixes itself from that horrible accident. A lot of loose ends when the book finishes, really. It suggests a particular ending but not necessarily is what happens next in Leah's life.
I did like some of the book, and that kept me going, but honestly it felt like the book needed more. Perhaps a book that is in draft form and needs more revision and adding more to complete it fully. Looks like this is the third book by the author, but reads like a first attempt at writing. Perhaps my rating of three stars is generous, but it was quick. ;-)...more