I am glad that she read it. At first when I heard it I thought she was a little flat. But now I understand that no one else could have read this book the way she has. That she is part of the story itself and to hear her is an ingredient that was necessary. It is not a thriller it is a human experience.
There was a quote that moved me. ..."I learned from him that often contradiction are the clearest way to truth."
This book will make you want to do art. It will make you want ot support those that make art and be part of a creative community.
I expected this to be kind of a funny book. I did not expect it to move me to tears and to touch me as deeply as it did. This is a book that you will remember for life. I highly recommend it. If you or your love one has Asperger's Syndrome it will give you compassion for their obsessive ways. We should all have a grandmother like the one in this story.
My children have listen to this over and over.
Here are a few quotes
"But when dominions are acquired in a province differeing in language, laws and customs, the difficulties to be overcome are great, and it requires good fortune as well as great industry to retain them; one of the best and most certain means of doing so would be for the new ruler to take up his residence there."
"The desire to acquire possessions is a very natural and ordinary thing, and when those men do it who can do so successfully, they are always praised and not blamed, but when they canot and yet want to do so at all costs, they make a mistake deserving of great blame."
"For the Romans did in these cases what all wise princes should do, who consider not only present but also future discords and diligently guard against them; for being foreseen they can easily be remedied, but if one waits till they are at hand, the medicine is no longer in time as the malady has become incurable; ....Thus it happens in matters of state; for knowing afar off (which it is only given to a prudent man to do) the evils that are brewing, they are easily cured. But when, for want of such knowledge, they are allowed to grow so that everyone can recogise them, there is no longer any remedy to be found."
Just some nuggets in chapter 3 there is much more wisdom in here.
We have listen to this audible over and over. I first had it as a tape and got it as an audible. Choices cost us something and this audible is an example of insight and lessons. Really good for 12 to 17 years old as some of the material is geared to that age.
This is a story about teaching with a passion for learning not pouring facts into kids head. This was before the day of standardized test, when thinking was an important ingredient to learning. This is creative!! and exciting about what school could be like. Do you think that we are instilling these kinds of fond memories of school today. I hope so or I hope we will be inspired to do things differently.
An abridge of Felix Salten and unabridged of Janet Schulman version, is my major complaint. Now that aside I love Bambi. It is not what Walt depicted. To me it is an alagory of the time that it was written. It was published in 1929, the author was European. They are already in the Great Depression. Who is the "Hunter"? Do the Leaves depict the fall of the stock market? There is much wisdom here.
The characters are well betrayed. Cinderella is extreemly unselfish.
The perfect model. It is a fairtale and evokes this feeling of "one day my prince will come" and "good things happen to people that invest in high moral conduct".
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