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Back in about 1970 I claimed this as a book I had read in HS freshman English reading lab. I lied. A story about flowers for a mouse did not much appeal to me back then I guess. So almost 50 yrs later my youngest son (age 28) recommended the book to ...more
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Back in about 1970 I claimed this as a book I had read in HS freshman English reading lab. I lied. A story about flowers for a mouse did not much appeal to me back then I guess. So almost 50 yrs later my youngest son (age 28) recommended the book to ...more
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Mark Kriegel wrote a well researched, well written and entertaining book. He did his homework. I thought I pretty much knew the Pete Maravich story but I really didn't. Some reviewers complain that there is too much in the book about Petar "Press" Ma ...more
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“But knowledge does not protect one. Life is contemptuous of knowledge; it forces it to sit in the anterooms, to wait outside. Passion, energy, lies: these are what life admires.”
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Good & bad in this survival story of a Jewish woman who was abused as a young girl by her horrible excuse for a father (a rabbi no less). The father (a man with no scruples) owned a country store in VA and ripped off his black customers. Very ear ...more
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“Now I was shocked! The old shibboleth, intelligence! Had not our government been culpable enough in pampering the high-IQ draftees as though they were too intelligent to fight for their country? Could not Doctor Gentle see that I was proud to be a scout, and before that a machine gunner? Intelligence, intelligence, intelligence. Keep it up, America, keep telling your youth that mud and danger are fit only for intellectual pigs. Keep on saying that only the stupid are fit to sacrifice, that America must be defended by the low-brow and enjoyed by the high-brow. Keep vaunting head over heart, and soon the head will arrive at the complete folly of any kind of fight and meekly surrender the treasure to the first bandit with enough heart to demand it.”
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“He began to suspect another, deeper layer of time, a time of stone and cloud and tree to which the time of clocks and calendars was a gross mockery cobbled up by savages. He felt the ways of men fall from him like sundered shackles.”
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“Heaven was a word: hell was something he could trust.”
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