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The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
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Feb 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, owned-books

I love The Missing Piece. What youngsters will see as a fantasy story about a Pacman-like creature (identified only as "It") who is searching for its missing piece, adults will identify as a book about the trajectory of relationships.

Older readers may get a bit misty when "it" finds a piece but doesn't hold on tightly enough, so it slips away--only to have the next piece break when it clings to it too tightly.

Finally, it discovers a piece that fits just right, but they become so entangled in each other that it no longer does all of the things it used to enjoy. It loses its identity. It also loses the piece, and rolls off happily, once again singing about finding its missing piece. The moral is that relationships can never live up to our expectations, and the fun and joy may be in searching for "The One," rather than actually locating him/her.

I think it's funny that this book is sometimes given as a wedding gift, because in actuality it is quite anti-relationship.
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February 21, 2011 – Shelved
February 21, 2011 – Finished Reading
February 23, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: owned-books

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