The best part of this book for me is the fact that it reminds you to look at the paths of your own life. I loved it when she says that everyone choose...moreThe best part of this book for me is the fact that it reminds you to look at the paths of your own life. I loved it when she says that everyone chooses there own path and decides their own life. There are so many times that we are eager to blame ourselves for what others do, or think that what we do is controlled by others. There are situations that are not choices we make, but as adults they are more rare. I like to think of us all in a forest. There are paths all around us in different directions. We all start off in different places and then choose every day to change paths, make new ones, or stay on the one we chose yesterday. Our choices aren't unlimited, in most realities they aren't close to boundless, but there is always more than one. A friend of mine once said that we all get what we want, whether we know we chose it or not. There is a lot to be said for that idea and I still struggle with what exactly I believe about it. Harold Fry had a great and unique experience. Those are always great stories to be told. (less)
The story is an interesting one. Perkins style of writing leaves something missing. I feel that the flowery prose and descriptions he gives put me off...moreThe story is an interesting one. Perkins style of writing leaves something missing. I feel that the flowery prose and descriptions he gives put me off to the story of his life. I went into this thinking that it would be non-fiction, but it was a memoir. I am a separatist when it comes to fiction and non-fiction and prefer them not to blur. (less)
This is the book that never ends. I love conversational writings as much as the next person, but it needs to be kept to an essay or a novella. If I wa...moreThis is the book that never ends. I love conversational writings as much as the next person, but it needs to be kept to an essay or a novella. If I want a one way conversation that lasts for 20 hours, I can find it in other forms than a book. He has great, common, and needed ideas. Nothing he says is new or unknown, which is why I find it so odd that he speaks as if he is the most regal of all humans to grace the planet. Random is random and can't be predicted in time frames that are small when compared to the commonality of an occurrence. I agree with that and I did love his lectures on how comfort makes us weak. Ultimately, that is the moral of the story here. Harden yourself up, suffering breeds strength. I guess the thing that really annoyed me was his obsession with money and being wealthy. The be all of life is free time and he does express that wealth is only another word for freedom. I wish he delved into the idea that wealth can only be occurring in a small percentage and therefore breeds fragile societies as a whole. I'm listening to the Puddles Pity Party version of Royals and it so goes with Taleb's personality. He is so fond of commenting on people in terms of how much they act as a party favor for his own entertainment. Mr. Taleb would not be one of my choices as a conversation companion, too high in the clouds basking in his own superiority of every kind.
"What is being marketed, is necessarily inferior or else it wouldn't be advertised."
In regards to that quote from him I respond with. "TRUE DAT"(less)
I enjoyed this book because of the personal story of disease and family interaction. His dismissal of the idea that time can seem very long within a f...moreI enjoyed this book because of the personal story of disease and family interaction. His dismissal of the idea that time can seem very long within a few minutes was odd. It was like he had never had the common experience of waking from a dream that seemed to take weeks, but had in reality taken a few moments. I'm always a sucker for stories concerning an individuals life over many years.(less)
I was discussing with friends about the part of our human nature that craves eternity. In a life that we know is full of change and random chance, we...moreI was discussing with friends about the part of our human nature that craves eternity. In a life that we know is full of change and random chance, we fill our lives with illusions of eternal relationships and higher purpose. Hardy speaks to my own heart, because he does none of that. The world is ever changing and I know of no man who can describe the reality of relationships better than Hardy. There is both meaning and a lack there of in all that we call love. This book shows the beginning of his exploration of the motives of independent women and the ultimate downfall that your world becomes when you go against what is expected. In this story he describes three main reasons why people profess to be in love, to both themselves and to society. One is for the sex and beauty of it all, most of us have been there and it can be exhilarating. One is for guilt or obligation, whether to an individual or to what society expects. The other is for companionship with a friend. As I grow older, his ideas appeal to me more and more. What is a good romantic relationship except an excellent friend that you enjoy having sex with. Pick any Hardy novel and you will get some kind of enjoyment out of it. His insanely over the top descriptions of natural beauty and honest conversation create his world that is ever so timeless. "He followed a train of reasoning to its logical conclusion, and attempted perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise."(less)
This book is written in a style that I enjoy, which is that it is character driven and divided into distinct chapters. He writes about the same incide...moreThis book is written in a style that I enjoy, which is that it is character driven and divided into distinct chapters. He writes about the same incident from different perspectives, which enhances the connection with the characters. I also enjoy the way that classics entwine homosexuals into stories without having their sexuality be a political statement, like it sometimes seems in more modern books. In general the people are authentic and full of the lost promises of small town living. My mate was reading a book about the history of the progressive movement at the same time, and Anderson's life story featured in it, which I found amusing. This book was good, but not great for me. I guess the story and place were just too provincial for me to really get a lot of insight out of it.
"Half strong, he could master others but not himself" (less)