Monday, July 11, 2011


Summertimmmmme and the reading is easy.
Actually, not really.

Finished a few books lately:

This is a true story with So Many Details. Laura included everything in this biography. Everything. Whether it mattered or not. So by the time you've read the whole book, you will be very acquainted with Zamp. True, he has lived an extraordinary life, but personally, I could have done without all those chapters describing the torture and beatings he received from the Japanese as a prisoner of war. I get it. People are barbaric. Seriously, that it my theme this summer. I am immersing myself in the evils of mankind. It's enough already.

Despite my whining - read this book. It has an unexpected ending. (At least I didn't see it coming, considering I bought this book at Chapters and not Blessings.)
(Oops. Did that give it away? No surprise ending for you? Sorry.)

Seems that lately I've been reading alot of books with plots that take place during the second world war. I have now read stories that describe what it's like to be a Japanese person living in Seattle during those years, (Corner of Bitter and Sweet) what it's like to be Jewish in France (Sarah's Key), A Mennonite in Russia (Remember Us) A Jew in Italy (Thread of Grace) and so on.

Know what? Humans are evil beings. Our capacity to be mean is only as limited as our imagination.
Holy Schmoley its hard to read about all the ways we invent to torture each other.

Healing Stones was a quick read. At least quick for me. It was just about adultery. Not murder or rape or torture or slavery or sex trafficking. So, a piece of cake.

For me, it tied itself up a little too neatly in the end, which hasn't been my experience in life. But this is a Christian novel and the bad guys are really bad, while the good guys have God.

Did you like the movie, True Grit? This book reminded me of that era and those characters. Loved the language. And I am a fan of bromance books and movies. Guy-friend stories are always entertaining.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Jane. It's good to know you were off having a good time while I was suffering severe Pix 'n Prose withdrawal.
Anyway, about the fistula thing; years ago when Richard worked for World Vision he visited a fistula hospital in Kenya run by a couple of married doctors. Every time Richard recounts the story of how these poor, ostracized, desperate women are helped there and enabled to return to a semblance of normal life I end up in tears. Honestly, even on my worst day I have no idea how good my life is.
I liked the Enger book too, though not as much as Peace Like A River.