Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever. You might want to think about that."
"You forget some things, don't you?"
"Yes. You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget."
True, right? It has been 2 years and 1 month since I read The Road and I can only remember the things I wish to forget. Please don't confuse my admonition as a plead not to read. This book is simply written but portrays a vivid post-apocalyptic picture. This savage world without boundaries made me wonder: Would mankind, if allowed, turn on each other so cruely? Man and boy's fight for survival and love for one another makes for a moving and powerful story. This is my first Cormac McCarthy book and although I never ran to the bookstore to read his others I did enjoy the writing style of this book. (Just maybe should've read a comedy between Sawtelle and The Road.)
Friday, January 21, 2011
The narrative follows a nomadic man and his son, struggling to survive the harsh world leftover from an unidentified disaster that took place years before. Food is scarce, and most of the remaining people are cannibals, constantly on the prowl for their next meal. The only hope of survival is to keep moving.
A story like this begs the question: What would YOU do? Would you fight to the death for survival, cling to hope when there is none? Would you keep your humanity, or give yourself over to what most did, cannibalism?
As hostess of this book club meeting, I wanted to have a nice campfire, and eat food from cans, but it was November and freezing, and really, cold canned food is not appealing in the slightest. Instead, I built a “campfire” with candles on my living room floor, and we sat on big comfy pillows.
All in all, to the extent possible in such a dismal story, I really enjoyed this read. So, if you like post-apocalyptic tales and can stomach a bit of despondency and cannibalism, this is the book for you.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
This is against protocol, but I'd like to take a moment to be sappy and tell my kindred Book Babes how wonderful they are. We have read and dissected over twenty books since our book club began. Think how we've suffered through books, we've planned and stressed over meals and gift ideas, we've spent hours searching book stores and online sites looking for the perfect book, and we continued when we had good reasons to quit....... So glad we didn't 'cause we've had so much fun! I love you gals!!
I'd like to think that in some way our awesomeness had inspired the formation of a new local book club. The OLBC aka Old Lady Book Club. This month we decided to join forces for Five Quarters of the Orange. Debbe so graciously offered her home for the 10 of us. I made a Beef Burgundy (with a hint of orange) dish in the crockpot accompanied by mashed potatoes (thank you Sara), and garlic bread. Debbe made a delicious green salad with oranges and goat cheese, orange juice cocktails, and french popcorn. For the book momento I gave everyone an orange "stash" that had an assortment of orange goodies.
I really enjoyed the special treat of all of us together sharing different viewpoints and thoughts of this book. I definitely think this should be an annual event!
By the third attempt Maryanne got her book right. Hehe Love ya M!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Joanne Harris wrote 'Five Quarters' from the perspective of Framboise at the age of 9 and 64. The young Framboise was clever and found a way to induce her mother's migraines. I didn't judge her for this- if she were my mother I might have too. Framboise described her as awakening with a mouth full of barbed wire and not a kind thought in her head. But Framboise was no cherub, in fact, her and her 2 siblings were little heathens who snitched on their neighbors to get lipstick, oranges, chewing gum, bars of chocolate and other unimportant things.