When I read, I typically read two books at once, alternating on the books depending on my mood. Typically one of these books are serious and the otherWhen I read, I typically read two books at once, alternating on the books depending on my mood. Typically one of these books are serious and the other is fluff. I quickly discovered that my most recent read deserved to be read all on its own.
Last year, I saw "A Mighty Heart," starring Angelina Jolie and I was touched by the story. Last night, I finished the book by the same name, written by Daniel Pearl's widow, Mariane, about her husband's kidnapping, the struggle against time to save him and how she refused to let the terrorists win, even after they had killed her husband.
I vaguely remember the story of Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder. The tragedy occurred long before I had any interest in journalism and I'm ashamed to say I did not follow the story.
Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was held hostage for weeks before being brutally beheaded. To the kidnappers, Pearl was a Jew and an American, two things they hated. To the rest of the world, he was an accomplished journalist, a loving husband and a father-to-be.
The book was moving, as are the numerous letters included throughout the story and the dozens included at the end of the book. The letters come from presidents of countries, survivors of 9/11, fellow journalists, strangers and others and are as touching, if not more so, than the book itself. I knew the plot. I knew Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered as his pregnant wife held her breath for his return. Still, the story, the book, is one of the best I've read.
If I can be a fraction of the man, the journalist and the husband that Daniel Pearl was, I will consider my life and my career a success....more
**spoiler alert** Christopher is 15 years, 3 months and 2 days old. He likes prime numbers, sci-fi and dogs. He dislikes metaphors, but similes are ju**spoiler alert** Christopher is 15 years, 3 months and 2 days old. He likes prime numbers, sci-fi and dogs. He dislikes metaphors, but similes are just fine. Christopher is autistic and the main character and narrator in "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time," a novel by Mark Haddon. Haddon draws on his own experience working with autistic children and does a masterful job in creating a believable, interesting and likable main character. Christopher struggles through any conversation, but can solve the game "Minesweeper" in 99 seconds. Passing four red cars on the way to school means it will be a "good day." The story begins as the murder-mystery of Wellington, a neighbor's poodle, but soon Christopher finds a more intriguing mystery: Why does his father have a box of letters addressed to him? What's more, how come those letters appear to be from Christopher's mother, whom he was told died several years before? I found it a very interesting and original read. In most instances, Christopher doesn't have the ability to describe his emotions or communicate with others. After reading it, you get a better idea of the difficulties of those suffering from autism and the parents or guardians who take care of them, where even the smallest task can become an uphill battle. ...more