I've barely started this book (after owning it for quite a long time) and I love this quote, found on page 4:"We are all yeses. We are worthy enough, we passed inspection, we survived the great fetal oocyte extinctions. In that sense, at least -- call it a mechanospiritual sense -- we are meant to be. We are good eggs, every one of us."
I had not heard of this book until I listened to a podcast (OnPoint with Tom Ashbrook) interview between Tom Ashbrook and the author, Douglas Blackmon. This book just won the Pulitzer Prize in non fiction (2009).The interview was fascinating and I find the subject matter very interesting. I think this is an important book and will make a point to read it this year.See Slavery by Another Name for more information.
Shallow plot. The book ended quickly with a very superficial and not believable or satisfying end to the two storylines of the book.
6/4/2009: I started reading this book today. I've run on and off ever since I was in my 20s. I am currently trying to get back into the habit of running (and back into shape). Even though I've never had many injuries from running (other than the occasional shin splint), I am getting older and I am concerned about the wear and tear on my joints (my knees are fine, but they do creak from time to time). I was motivated to buy this book after reading this article: The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?
Reading September 20096/9/2009: This book is set during World War II and is over 600 pages long. Since it is a "big" book that deals with a serious topic, I think it will take me a while to get through it. I noticed that Amazon.com sells the book for $27.85, but I found a used copy of the book for about $8.00 (that includes shipping). I ordered the book last week and received it today. The book is obviously used, but in really good shape. I plan to start reading it when i finish up Olive Kitteridge.
06/01/2009I started reading Close Range, the first of three collections of Wyoming stories written by Annie Proulx. I have had this book for several years and am just now getting around to reading it. Close Range consists of the following collection of short stories:The Half-Skinned SteerThe Mud BelowJob HistoryThe Blood BayPeople in Hell Just Want a Drink of WaterThe Bunchgrass Edge of the WorldPair a SpursA Lonely CoastThe Governors of Wyoming55 Miles to the Gas PumpBrokeback Mountain *****I started with Brokeback Mountain, a poignant, completely believable story of forbidden love. I haven't see the movie yet, and hope I am not disappointed by it when I get around to renting it.I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed Annie Proulx's second collection of Wyoming Stories entitled "Bad Dirt." I don't think it really matters the order in which one reads these collections of stories since there don't appear to be any "repeat" characters in all these beautifully written stories.In my reading queue and in my possession is the third collection of stories in this series, "Fine Just the Way It Is." It will be a lovely series of summer reading.
My dad recommended this book to me last summer.
"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn."
T. H. White, The Once and Future King
"We are all yeses. We are worthy enough, we passed inspection, we survived the great fetal oocyte extinctions. In that sense, at least -- call it a mechanospiritual sense -- we are meant to be. We are good eggs, every one of us."
Natalie Angier, Woman: An Intimate Geography
"We don't know what's going on here. If these tremendous events are random combinations of matter run amok, the yield of millions of monkeys at millions of typewriters, then what is it in us, hammered out of those same typewriters, that they ignite? We don’t know. Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise."
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
"The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there."
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
This was not an easy story to read, but still a worthwhile read.The story is pretty raw and I had to skip over the chapter that described in too much detail (for me any way) the pitbull fight because it was just too painful for me to read.
I enjoyed the book...such a sad story with a twinge of hope in the end.