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Those Who Love by Irving Stone
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Dec 26, 10

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

I loved this biographical novel of Abigail and John Adams. WOW, there sure is a lot about the birth of our nation that I never learned. Because this book was based on historical fact and the letters of Abigail and the founding fathers, I felt I received a fascinating lesson in history! I was simply amazed at the parallels to be drawn with our current political climate and the constant wrangling between personalities and the struggles between parties. It actually gives me great hope that no matter what, this nation will survive.

This is just one of the passages that moved me: But could not love, when it came, be deeper and stronger for having had doubts, for having comprehended idiosyncrasies, shortcomings? This was the opposite of blind love; it was love with a compass. Poetry spoke of love as an enchanted oasis, where no cloud or invader could disturb one's ecstasy. What she had found was a kind of foreknowledge which would help to keep the relationship from being stripped by highwaymen. Assuredly her levelheadedness came straight out of her Puritan New England heritage; what her father called "the mature acceptance of the imperfectability of man." Compassion was the key; and a profound sense of belonging, of the rightness of their love. High among her feelings was the element of awe, almost of reverence for this man who had enabled her to change from a gay, bright girl into a woman who was able to fathom the depth of passion. Time assumed the architectonic form of an onrushing symphony, of harmonies and melody that almost stopped her heart with their poignancy. The words "Love" and "God" came mystically close to being one and the same. How else could two strangers come together and solve between them the seemingly unravelable exigencies of human character?

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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Reynolds What a beautiful quote. Sounds like a great book. My friend Peter would like this book.

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