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It's one of those situations where I went in wanting to like the story and format, but felt like my brain came out muddled. I get that humans use mythology and religion to have cohesion and group identity, but yikes I felt duller than when I started.
Yes, he is such a well spoken young man. I didn't know the story of his little sister's birth. I think I'm number 7 on the request list at the library, so it shouldn't be to long. I just got Insurgent from the library, so that is on my read in the next week and a half list.
Rough Stone Rolling is done topically instead of chronologically, which seems to obscure the importance of several events. Context of the time is very important. Even though Bushman has remained a staunch defender of the church and Joseph as a prophet, I think this book would bring up issues that many would be too uncomfortable to brooch. I would love to hear your opinion once you have finished the book. I was not aware of the amount of historical documents that differ from what you will find in current church publications. It causes the historian in me to bristle.
I've got to hurry up and read Marlantes because I just saw that he is coming to town for a book reading in early June. I've put off reading it because of its bulkiness. I like reading shorter books during the school year. But I may have to swallow that and read it anyway.
And, left field is a bona fide position, you know. Because of the notice for Marlantes, after I saw it, I started thinking about other Vietnam books that I have read but have not noted yet (Caputo's Rumor of War, and Clark's Laotian Fragments come to mind). I really liked Wolff's memoir, In Pharoah's Army. Give that a try soon if you want to pursue it further.
I'm reading Tim Gunn's book, and I'm loving it! Thanks for the recommendation. I love his wit & wisdom. I'm going to be sad when it ends. I've been a fan of his since I started watching Project Runway. After reading his book, I love him even more. What a lovely person he is!
I'm about 2/3 through it. He just finished the duck shoot & special meeting w/ Fergusen. I love his wit & the way he sees people around him. In the beginning, I didn't expect him to be funny. I think it's really well-written. And, while I read this, I keep wishing I had a proper English tea (herbal, of course) in the afternoon. :-) I need to keep a list of the good quotes. I'd like to think the author will write more about Major Pettigrew. I picked it simply from reviews I'd read, so I'm glad it's lived up to my expectations.
Well, it was hard to hold myself back but I did. Rand has infected the literary world with a cancer of self-aggrandizement that appeals to pseudo-intellectuals and college freshmen. Single-handedly, she has done more to hurt our culture than the Taliban, Lady Gaga, and Jimmy Swaggert combined. It seems like she learned to write from from Theodore Dreiser too.
Read her if you want though. Don't let me stop you. I'll get out of the way. Don't mind me. I'll be mute on the subject.