Jul 23, 12
Read in July, 2012
An interesting read about Alvarez's travels in pre- and post-earthquake Haiti....and a look at the interdependence of families, coworkers, and countries. I enjoyed Alvarez's ability to bring both place and people to life with her writing. She includes pictures of her travels, but I did not need them as her writing elicits an easy understanding and visualization.
I normally don't share quotes in my reviews, but this passage struck me and I feel I should share (from p.280):
"...you do what you have to do...Somehow you get through. As for the rest of us, we look; we listen; we try to help-even when it seems there is nothing we can do. The one thing we cannot do is turn away....When we have seen a thing, we have an obligation. To see and to allow ourselves to be transformed by what we have seen..."
Words I will continue to ponder....