PORT TOWNSEND, WA, United States | Member Since 2011
Yes...I've listened to it twice because it is so rich with moral complexity and evolves from such innocence to such an astonishing finale.And perhaps subconsciously I am hoping the story ends differently.It is one of the best books I've read or listened to. Ever. Lately, I've found myself relating to wealth disparity of another time. Hugo, Dickens and George Eliot are brilliant and you hear in their stories the frequent distinction of the difference between success and failure. If there's a flaw, it's the introduction.I'd rather not hear the triumphant ring of someone other than the narrator saying with cheerful gusto, "In their death they were not divided!" at the beginning of each segment.I tried to ignore it but it is a bit of a spoiler.
One is drawn into the story so gently and lovingly and beautifully...that is memorable.I would not want to spoil it by telling beyond that...but once done, it is helpful to read good literary analysis.
The characters are so well portrayed there is never a sense that you wish the man sounded more manly...she is pitch perfect.
I have never been so moved...perhaps it is in part in telling the story of women, everywhere who are reminded so often by brothers and society that they are girls and therefore worth less than boys.
a funny elegance
Roald Dahl is the primary character and this is about himself as a boy.
No, I didn't really want to listen to this all in one sitting...I wanted to hear something courageous and humorous outside of my immediacy to lull me into smiling may way to dreams and because I fall asleep before it's over, I have the pleasure of listening again.
If you compare this to Roald Dahl himself reading his own stories...this was better. Dan Stevens made a very good story, excellent.
I already have listened to it several times. It's crammed with import and information that takes careful consideration to fully comprehend.
Knowing that the Y chromosome has self-interest and uses its host to further its reproductive success. Knowing that much of what's wrong with the world is because of this fact. It explains why men want sons.
Women should want daughters and their mitochondrial DNA will do it's best to produce daughters. But women are partly captive. It is still a world dominated by men.
The battle lines of the sexes are really the battle lines between these two primary agents.
This book ties in quite beautifully with the other books I've been listening several times to...especially The Swerve.
From Democracy in Ancient Greece, to the power of Rome and the Vatican and the amazing corruptness in the Papacy...to today and what is happening with the greed of bankers and corporations. The similarities are so striking it seems bizarre that an educated world doesn't band together to control them. We are not slaves to our DNA, we have free will and the capacity to shape a world that stands up to what one banker complained about...that they can't help themselves, it's in their DNA to do what they do. And it is. But that's the idea behind free will and sentience. We are not simply puppets of our DNA we are capable of making a world in which there is live, liberty and most importantly of all, the pursuit of happiness. This is the lesson of Epicurius told by Lucretius in De Rerum Natura as told by one of the best story-tellers, Stephen Greenblatt.
Aha. That's why.
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