Showing posts from June, 2015

(Review) All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Publication Date: May 2014.
Publisher: Scribner. 
Genre: Historical fiction, France, World War II.
Pages: 544.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

A National Book Award finalist.
All The Light We Cannot Seewon the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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Marie-Laure LeBlanc is blind. She is age 12 when the story begins. She and her father, a locksmith, leave Paris, France, when the Occupation of the Nazi's began. They travel to Saint-Malo, a port city in Brittany, France. Her father has a priceless and hidden jewel. They live with an eccentric uncle.
An orphaned German boy named Werner Pfennig becomes a cadet at a school in Germany. He has a gift for math and understanding radios.
Marie-Laure and Werner's paths will cross in 1944.

My Thoughts:
I loved the idea of the book more than the story itself.
I loved what I'd heard about the book more than reading it.
I've given the book 4 stars for very good. I did not feel it was a 5 st…

Gone With The Wind, Read-a-Long, Week Four

Week Four:
"The Book Cover-What are your first impressions as you look at the cover of your copy of Gone With The Wind? Does the book cover have an aspect that reflects the character, setting, or plot of the novel? If you could have designed the book cover what would you have chosen?"

My first thought on the cover of the book is it's a romantic novel. Gone With The Wind has romantic elements, but it is much much more. The cover posted above is the book I own and am reading. I rate the cover a 4. An illustration on the front cover of Tara would please me more. Scarlett is so vividly described in the book that I don't need to see a picture of her on the cover. Tara is portrayed as well, but Tara is home and all that embodies life.

Gone With The Wind Read-a-Long, Week Three

Gone With The Wind film song:

Week Three: 
"The House the Author Built-Choose a setting within Gone With The Wind that most intrigues you. Is it a house? A city? A bit of yard well-described by Margaret Mitchell? What about it intrigues you? Can you see this setting serving a function within the novel? Have you ever been to this setting?"

The setting I've been drawn to is the point where the driveway and the road meet in front of Tara.
I compared pages 44-45 and pages 386-399. I looked for parallelisms and symbolism.
This "resting spot" is under an arch in the cedar trees. From this point, Scarlett has a tunnel view of Tara. Tara is home and it is her greatest love. This is a place where she ponders the things in life she does not understand, it usually marks a place of change, it's a place of waiting, and it's a reminder of what matters most to her. Scarlett is not a deep-thinking person. However, at this vantage perch in the archway of the trees, she r…

Gone With The Wind Read-a-Long, Week Two

In my earlier posts on the Gone With The Wind Read-a-Long, I forgot to mention this book will count towards book challenges.
and also
and lastly,

I think that covers the challenges.
No pun intended!

As of June 3, I've read through chapter 25. There are 63 chapters.

For your listening pleasure, the Gone With The Wind film theme song:

Week One was on the author, Margaret Mitchell. Link for my post. 

Week Two is on a character:
"Write about a character you find interesting so far in Gone with the Wind. This character doesn't have to be your favorite character. Perhaps your least favorite or a minor one. Can you create a visual description of this character in your own words? Or a description of this character's hopes, wishes, flaws, fears, and strengths? If you have seen the movie version of Gone with the Wind, does the character in the film match the character in the book in your view? If they were going to remake the film today who would you choose to play this char…

A Poetic Introduction to June

"A Poetic Introduction" is posted early in a new month. The collection is not necessarily poetry, but quotes and other sayings that I've collected over the years.  

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us: what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." Albert Pike. 

"My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams."
Abram L. Urban

"The vocation for you is the one in which your deep gladness and the world's deepest need meet." Frederick Buechner

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug." Mark Twain

"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading." Katherine Patterson

"I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write." P.G. Wodehouse

"I was a very odd little child, with the shadows of all m…