We keep our fears and secrets behind a locked door. It opens to those we deeply trust. Many would prefer death to having that trust broken and their iWe keep our fears and secrets behind a locked door. It opens to those we deeply trust. Many would prefer death to having that trust broken and their inner self revealed to anyone. It is a delicate balance in a deep friendship to protect those secrets, but when it becomes a life and death situation, one chooses life while the other would have preferred death.
The novel The Door deals with the relationship between two women. One is a famous writer and the other is her tireless mysterious housekeeper. A writer often has a miraculous way of seeing through locked doors, but Emerence is impenetrable to all. Even though Emerence slowly reveals her secrets to the Lady Writer she never truly lets her in. Slowly she is brought into the circle of trust. There are seemingly casual mentions to the horrors Emerence has experienced. Much of what she has seen reminded me of The Painted Bird. This experience marks one separate from the rest of the community even though it is not of her own doing.
A moving work focusing on secrets, relationships, and community. It would seem the message is that it is better to reveal yourself to a close confident than hide all the treasure of your inner self away from the world. No one will see it's true value until it is too late.
Favorite passages ...and how the working class--her class, not mine--now had endless opportunities opening up for them. Emerence replied that she knew the peasant mentality; her own family were peasants. They didn't care a straw who bought their eggs and their cream so long as it made them rich. The worker would fight for his rights only until he became the boss. She wasn't interested in the proletarian masses (she didn't use the word, but she described the thing), and above all she hated the idle, lying gentry. Priests were liars; doctors ignorant and money-grabbing; lawyers didn't care who they represented. Victim or criminal; engineers calculated in advance how to keep back a pile of bricks for their own houses; and the huge plane factories and institutes of learning were all filled with crooks.
Emerence hated power no matter whose hands it was in. P. 111
Charles Spencer’s work focuses on the Parliamentary characters that would precipitate the English Civil War and execute King Charles I. Far before theCharles Spencer’s work focuses on the Parliamentary characters that would precipitate the English Civil War and execute King Charles I. Far before the French Revolution’s regicide and the years of the Terror, it sent shockwaves through Europe and would have lasting effects in Europe and in what would become the United States.
A direct result of religious differences and the past abuses of the Stuart line, James I and Charles I would consistently defy Parliament. In many cases, they would enact orders without a vote, exceeding the power of the king. When Scotland invades England, Parliament refuses to raise funds for an army, thus becoming the catalyst for the crisis. This book isn’t about the English Civil War or the rule of the Rump Parliament. It is the story of those who would challenge and kill their king and later face the consequences of their actions.
Spencer spells out the initial trial of the king, a historical event via courtroom drama. Much of the trial resembles the impeachment trials of a president. In particular, when Charles I states that “…the people are mind by inheritance…” it reminded me of Nixon’s, “If the president does it, it is not illegal.” With this distinction, Spencer is able to flesh out the justification for the crimes of the king. This event along with many in the coming years would continually weaken the role of the royals to figureheads. However, just 12 years later, Oliver Cromwell dies and having not fully purged the royalists, they get their revenge on these regicides. A reversal of fortunes, these men are then tried and sentenced to gruesome deaths. Many escape, going to the Americas and strengthening the colonies established from Plymouth Rock. It’s a fascinating examination of the consequences of historical actions and the how the colonization of the Americas stem from this conflict. ...more
It is amazing that Murakami is able to pack so many strange and poignant ideas about knowledge, reading, and bravery into such a short story. This wouIt is amazing that Murakami is able to pack so many strange and poignant ideas about knowledge, reading, and bravery into such a short story. This would be a great entry point to Murakami as many as his tried and true techniques are on display in a powerful abbreviated form.
A young boy enters the library searching for the odd topic of taxation during the Ottoman Empire. The librarian is eager for the boy's need for this knowledge. However, his intention is not to satisfy the boy's hunger, but his own.
It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away. It is delicious bizarre Murakami, but the themes here are his ideas writ large. It is incredible to see these concepts so bold when many if his books take strange twists and turns that elongate the narrative and drama. He is a literary Alice in Wonderland with the ability to make himself large or small without losing any of the power or quality. ...more