When I was about six years old, we toured a chapel of the bones and remains of St. Peter on display in Odense, Denmark. About 20 mins after we exited, I became quite upset over what I'd seen and couldn't comprehend why our bodies turned like this. That was my first exposure to death. Once my mother realized that she probably shouldn't have taken me to this part of the tour, she did her best to console me.
I think this nice little book should be allowed in schools. For too many of us, exposure to death is not 'nearly enough' at such a young age. For those of us that have been sheltered and do not have these experiences till we are older, does not really help us. It only worsens pain later on by not having this experience or by not having the opportunity to talk about it. Even though some of us are blessed to not be exposed, this is an area that should be talked about from a younger age. Death is unfortunately a part of life and to try to 'save some of us' from that is not in our best interest. I wish I had read this at 9 or 10 years of age. Maybe earlier.
At the end of this story there is a little narrative discussion with the author. They talked about the fact that death is not appropriate for children and thus the reasons why they banned the book. Right, so well stated. Death is not appropriate for anyone, let alone children. However, given that it is in all our lives at some point, avoiding it by not reading a story that gently brings it up, is not justifiable means to a 'false-safe-harbour'.
This is well written book. The events that transpire are written in such a way that allows for a gentle exposure to the concept. I would encourage anyone who has children, to consider reading this with them as a way to bring up the topic. I wish my mum had done this with me or at least considered it instead of trying to completely shelter me from it.
This was not what I thought it would be.... But it turned into a more interesting read than I expected. It's always curious to hear how other parts of the world live and function in comparison to your own upbringing.
Her values and the different issues that surround women do have interesting points and she brings a unique observation and perspective to what women face vs. men. I would recommend this book for other women and for men, if they are open to issues that ONLY women face.
As usual, the American public is under an illusion about what ''government'' agencies are supposed to be 'watching out for us and keeping us safe. However, this candid inside view of the EPA is a scary check of the real story and what goes on behind the scenes.
Their hands are tied and the large corporations that feed them are all corrupt and DO NOT have our best interest at heart. Well done to Valliantos and Jenkins for having the courage to write it down and spread the word. Maybe one day, someone will grow large enough testicles Or ovaries, to bring this out into the open and expose them for who they truly are and what they 'do not stand for'. You'll be outraged and sickened by the cover ups, the disregard and complete disdain for the American public. Fobid! That the American health of the people residing in it, should actually matter and be treated as a valued population where in their health could be placed at the top of the list.
This was throughly enjoyable! The rials and tribulations of purchasing a zoo, is beyond the comprehension of most everyone and really, who stops and thinks about these kinds of things anyway?
Ben's knowledge of the animal kingdom has some interesting points about different animals along the way as well - thus adding to the uniqueness of the story. HIs observations of his young children and their observations are also quite poignant and add interesting parts to the story - only through the mouthes of babes.
Who knew that animals escaping in the zoo are a common occurrence? It's always so controlled when you visit them, so the behind the scenes stories are funny and not your every day dinner conversation.
I normally feel like if I read the novel, that I don't usually have any interest in seeing a movie but this one might be just as good to watch as it was to read - if they stick to the main story line.
If you enjoyed the Sex Lives of Cannibals then you will enjoy this book as well - although that one was much better than this one. The title is a little off - didn't seem to correlate to the overall story. The writer does a great job in portraying his true colours when confronting his addiction to alcohol but this wasn't anything I saw coming when reading the synopsis. His wit in dealing with this addiction is bittersweet.
He does a fine job of portraying some of the interesting geography of the Marquesas, Fukarawa,Tahiti, Fiji and back to his first experience with the far South Pacific, Kirabati. He even ties in some interesting points on writer Robert Louis Stevenson (things I had no idea about) and finally ending up in Samoa at Stevenson's grave. I've always thought that Tahiti would be on my list of places to travel to some day, along with Fuji but now, I have a new fascination with the Marquesas too now.
I've not read Getting Stoned with Savages but if it's anything like Sex Lives, it's on my readying list now.
It's always interesting to see how different people's minds come up with different ideas in life. To write about wanting to die and how to 'try to do it medically' is a fascinating subject to most of us in the civilized world.
Indridason does a fantastic job of creating the visual story in ones mind to follow along as the plot twists and turns. Leading you off on a different direction, you think you know what comes next and then it's a little twist again with another small surprise. Well done. I'd read another one of his books again soon.
This narrator did a fantastic job of describing Grant and his trials and tribulations from working his way up at the French laundry to Alina and what he encountered along the way.
As a chef I found the book inspiring enough to want to pick up his cookbook as well as Thomas Keller's. It's also a gentle reminder to us all, not to take anything for granted including our sense of taste.
Some of his creative ideas and food presentations descriptions have given me pause for thought. If you haven't looked up his YouTube video that videos you might do so just to wet your taste buds.
A great story about beating the odds, not accepting no for an answer and delving forth with courage when you think you're all tapped out.
A little bit of a twist of a plot, couple of stories within a story. The narrator does a great job in describing these characters quite well. An unpredictable ending though. Just when you think it will end in a classic sense the twist brings you back around.
This is a great reminder to have some fun in your life! If everybody comes to work in their pajamas it's going to be a memorable day. So why not do more fun days because when your staff is having fun the creative juices are flowing better. This was a great little book about bringing out some of the better sides of people and encouraging them to bring their own ideas to the table.
Again it's very easy for us to get caught up in the day to day life and not pay attention to some of the small things. This has some really great ideas on how to get inspired and from places you would least think likely. By the way have you read your short story or poem of the day yet?
Dr. Dwyer has always been inspirational and brings his own element and character to whatever he creates. This is the first I had listened to Byron Katie and by the end of this book I could see where she was going with her four questions. As human nature does - tends to fall into a basic thought process and pattern - it's difficult to not move forward without retaining that thought pattern after all these years.
Is it true? The theory behind the question really makes one take a hard look at each issue from a different perspective. How do you know it's true? It's easy to see how the human western culture tends to fall back into the same type of thought analysis. Looking at it from a very different angle does give one pause for thought and the deeper meaning behind these questions.
I like the concept and I believe that I like where she's going with this analogy it's just going to take me more than a book of a few hours to try to grasp this concept. I would certainly read more of her books in the future. It was a nice team effort on both of their parts.
Given that I did not have access to the book in hard bound cover, as I was listening to this I began to think that is was written as a true story that bordered on historical fact and story together.
The was extremely well written and the author did a fantastic job of depicting the lives of various characters that lived during that time frame. Thus, making me exceptionally glad that I was born in the modern time and in the US. To be Korean woman in the early 1900's definitely had its undue hardships towards the feminine. The excess of values that they held so dearly with their views are certainly ones that would not be tolerated in today's world.
This books moves along very quickly and continuously sparks ones emotions as the different events happen. Be prepared to listen and enjoy all the different emotions that pass through as you hear each event and imagine yourself in her shoes. I also now have a better concept of why some of the different cultures also have a lack of tolerance with each other and why.
Well done and highly recommended!
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