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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
1:15 pm
Well. I tried anyway. I suppose there's that.
I tried many times to read A Long Way Gone, even resorting to the audio version. Regrettably, I just can't get into it. I know his story must be interesting, but his writing style is one that sucks the life of the story away for me. I don't think I've ever managed to get past the part when he's trying to return to his village. Something about a canoe. And some people going the opposite direction, telling him that there's nothing back there.

There's nothing wrong with the book. The style of writing and me form some sort of oil and water thing.
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
11:30 pm
a long way gone
I've actually read two books since finishing A Long Way Gone, and I haven't yet sat down to write down my thoughts about the book.

Upon finishing the book, I was amazed that it ever was written. How many times did Ishmael escape death? And even after escaping death, he found the strength inside to somehow face the demons of his past and write about it. I watched an interview of the author after finishing the book, and he said that the book was difficult to write, because the memories had to be dredged up and looked at. Memories that must still be so painful for him.

It wasn't an easy book to read, either. I haven't yet totally formulated all my thoughts about it. However, I got out of the book what I sort of expected to get out of it, and that was the reinforcement of my amazement with the resiliency of some human beings. Ishmael was always called "a troublesome boy", and it does not surprise me that the one who caused mischief and trouble as a boy, was the one who survived against all odds, gained a great deal of recovery and rehabilitation, and even went on to write a book about his ordeal. Is being a trouble maker a factor in resiliency? Perhaps is is. The creative mind that thinks of ways to make trouble, can also think of ways to get out of trouble when necessary.

Perhaps I shall write more later...

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
4:22 pm
message to American readers
I'm almost done with the book A Long Way Gone. It has been an interesting journey, to say the least. I will write up some of my thoughts when I do finish it.

The book has a website, and on the website is an interview that CNN did with the author, Ishmael Beah. You can view a portion of this interview here, where the author answers the a question about what he hopes American readers will get out of his book. The rest of the interview can be watched in pieces here.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, March 30th, 2007
4:17 pm
a long way gone
Ok, I think I'm ready to start reading A Long Way Gone. Sorry it has taken me a while. I was reading something else.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, March 5th, 2007
4:36 pm
a long way gone
I would like to read the book A Long Way Gone sometime soon. I haven't bought the book yet, but it is selling on Amazon for $13.20. It is written by a young man, Ishmael Beah, who was boy soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war. This book interests me not only because it is highly praised as "A breathtaking and unselfpitying account of how a gentle spirit survives a childhood from which all innocence has suddenly been sucked out. It's a truly riveting memoir" (Time Magazine), but also because I'm constantly fascinated by the ability of human beings, especially children, to overcome difficult circumstances, trauma, and even war.

If anyone is interested in reading this at the same time I do, and making it an online bookclub topic, I'm game.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
7:28 am
Welcome teawiththecheat to knitmeayarn!

This community, though a great idea, hasn't really taken off like we'd hoped.  However, if you are interested in an online bookclub that both therobbergirl and I are in, send one of us email.
Sunday, July 25th, 2004
2:22 pm
I got my book!
I decided to not wait until my daughter found my old copy of The Chronicles of Narnia in her collection of books, because she is moving right now and everything is packed up. So, I ordered The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from Powells online. It came in a couple days ago. When I'm done reading Stardust, by Neil Gaiman, which is what I'm reading right now, I'm going to start reading the Narnia books.

Since we only have three people on the list at this time, it should be fairly easy to pick a date in the future when and where we can get together. I will be working at the SACS hotline on Thursday nights through the end of summer, so that night is out for me; but after school starts that will change. Ronny and I have some traveling planned for this summer. We'll be out of the state these dates:

August 14-24
Sept 1-5
Sept 7-17

Do you want to try to get together sometime in August?

Current Mood: inquisitive
Saturday, July 17th, 2004
7:09 pm
The Chronicles of Narnia
2wanda suggested The Chronicles of Narna series for our first book. Of course, technically it's several books, but they're quick reads and go together very well.

It shouldn't be difficult to find used copies at places like Half Price. Just about any bookstore that deals in new books will have them.

A note to people new to Narnia: Lewis's son altered the presentation order of the books. Originally, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first book. Preferring the chronological order of the stories to the order in which Lewis published, Lewis's son requires that all recent editions place The Magician's Nephew first. Likewise, he moved The Horse and His Boy from the fifth book to the third spot (between Lion and Prince Caspian).

Therefore, if you purchase or borrow a mix of editions such as from used bookstores or the library, you may find the sequencing peculiar.
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