Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in enti...moreOur birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close Upon the growing Boy, But He beholds the light, and whence it flows, He sees it in his joy;
The Youth, who daily farther from the east Must travel, still is Nature’s Priest, And by the vision splendid Is on his way attended;
At length the Man perceives it die away, And fade into the light of common day.
---fifth stanza of William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.”
What if literacy is not just the answer for enduring daily struggles but is the key to our eternal self? What if we should not just be reading and teaching others to read, but also finding time for eternal lessons?
Great book that will keep us thinking, if we let it.
And I am looking forward to a sequel and more about the son's introduction to the situation and subsequent humanitarian efforts. http://www.riverofvictory.com/about.htmhttps://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/ ..."— he did not think he would have much in common with the people who lived there. His son Trevor served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cambodia. As a film major, Trevor returned to that land four years ago and documented Sang Ly and her family. The more Wright watched of the documentary, the more he associated with the family he would write about. The film became the inspiration for the story.
While preparing the novel, Wright recalled many instances where characters would take over and write themselves. One such character was the rent collector. Wright recalled a real-life, angry Cambodian woman who would collect rent, on whom he based his character, Sopeap Sin. Wright admits that Sopeap is a flawed character, but that is why he loves her." -http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...
In "Rent Collector" and also in the "Maze Runner" a subtle, key factor of the book is our forgetting our previous life ... Christian's (my Baptist heritage) believe we continue after death, they need to embrace the fact that from there we CAME, also... Once I embraced this truth and literacy (education) I was transformed and I am forever grateful.(less)
This is an upcoming book club pick. So I listened on my player while fighting a stomach bug and riding for 12 hours. It is always nice to find a write...moreThis is an upcoming book club pick. So I listened on my player while fighting a stomach bug and riding for 12 hours. It is always nice to find a writer that can send a message without swear words or explicit scenes. [ok... I missed a few chapters when the author didn't paste over and there was a mildly written premarital scene. -bummer.] There was definitely no need for these few chapters ... I jumped from her visit to the new boy friend to the birth mom's visit and it really only needed a couple of lines to bridge it. That was an interesting editorial activity for me.
There were a few times when I thought: "no, wrong decision" - or I felt that this was the pivotal point - the story will return back to this moment as the moment everything turned around, but no! There were more surprises. I guess it is because at the beginning of the story there was a random comment by the 3 year old and near the climax there was the reason for the explanation for what a busybody and bee in the bonnet is. It made me keep looking for reasons/motivations for the clarifications/explanations. But, I can forgive that "take me out of the moment" writing technique.
And at the end, I was tired of the story, I guess, and kept thinking - okay that is an okay place to end, oh, gotta tie up the dad story or the other person's story ... or at least give that character's motivation... or teach us not to judge ...
But, for my leisure reading, I learned something (though I really do not NEED to know what goes on before a "family viewing" right now with all the people I have lost recently). And I had few times when I was SO upset with the irrational choice - like I usually feel when reading novels - most times I must simply allow the writer to "do the best they can"... thinking: if people did not make such dumb decisions there would be no books to read! Not so much in this book! But I only thought if I was the someone stealing someone's DNA I would not list their names on the test. I bet the authorities monitor such famous names as their names and any time they show up there is a flag.
It is definitely "light reading" - the short column for the "think piece" might have been a good conclusion, but wow - so much was left out. And yet, it really hit those issues hard in the thrill of the pursuit of her personal answers.
Just like life - there are so many shattered lives in the wake that get little notice! Thanks for a good read - I will find more books by Lisa.(less)
It is very timely for me to get through this book now. I am going this next week to encourage city/county managers/administrators to back the fire dep...moreIt is very timely for me to get through this book now. I am going this next week to encourage city/county managers/administrators to back the fire department accreditation process of Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) with Max. Be so glad to use this excellent professional to add to my introduction process to chat with people as they walk by the booth in the exhibit hall.
Another thing that stood out was how convenient fiction writing is to allow shy/reserved/carefully speaking people to "put on a new front" and say things that the person themselves would want to say. There was an essay at the end saying "Temperance/Tempe" would say ... hmmm not the author, Kathy Riechs? Just another reason why we need fiction ... to play through scenarios and to say things you want to work through, but may not want to get emotionally involved with.
Good read. Not all the books in this series are the same ... nice change! Not just a formulaic presentation to sell books, but an author who thinks/and works through issues, then presents the ideas in the suspenseful way to really make it feel real.(less)