Friday, September 23, 2011

Current Book: "Anne of Green Gables"

I grew up watching the Anne movies with my mother and I attempted to read the book when I was in jr. high, but I didn't like it then.  Last summer my lovely mom gifted me a box set of the series, which I have been picking away at for the past couple of months.  I am right now in book 5, "Anne of Ingleside", but it is now on hold as I finish my book club book.

I have enjoyed the series tremendously.  I'm in awe of Montgomery's capacity to create multi-dimensional stories, such evolved and whole characters.  In "Ingleside" Anne is a mother of 5 (with one on the way) and I'm anticipating the rest of the book because it's so similar to the stage of life I am in now (save the 'one on the way' part). 

From what I remember of the Anne movies I have seen, I also admire those who wrote the screenplays from the novels.  The first book and movie were virtually identical, but the second movie incorporates "Anne of Avonlea", "Anne of the Island", and "Anne of Windy Poplars."  To fit so much story into a movie timeline takes great care and arranging, and even though many things were taken out of chronology and even some characters invented to make it fit, I think it was an amazing job.  I can't speak for any of the other movies, and it's been quite a time since I've seen the first two.  When I finish the series I intend to watch them all afresh.

Update (9/25/11) -- Having finished "The Forgotten Garden" (if you haven't picked up a copy yet, you must) I am now commencing "Anne of Ingleside".

The Screwtape Letters

"The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis was my book club book for September 2011.  I volunteered to host for the month.  Much of the letters' content was over my head while other parts genuinely resonated truth to me.  The methodology and principles are frighteningly applicable to the modern 21st century.  I wrote a few of my favorite quotes from book.  All I have are page numbers for references, which I know will vary by edition of the book.  I'll try to be more careful with my annotations in the future, if I make any.


"We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons.  We want to suck in, He wants to give out.  We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.  Our war aim is a world in which Our Fatehr Below has drawn all other beings ito himself:  The Enemy wants a worldfull of beings united to Him but still distinct" (37).

"You will find anything or nothing is sufficient to attract his wandering attention.  You no longer need a good book, which he really likes, to keep him from his prayers or him work or his sleep; a column of advertisements in yesterday's paper will do.  You can make him waste his time not only in conversation he enjoys with people whom he likes, but in conversations with those he cares nothing about on subjects that bore him.  You can make him do othing at all for long periods.  You can keep him up late at night, not roistering, but staring at a dead fire in a cold room.  All teh healthy and out-going activities which he want him to avoid can be inhibited and nothing given in return, so that at least he may say, as one of my own patients said on his arrival down here, "I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor waht I liked" (59).

"When He talks of their losing their selves, He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personaility, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever" (65).

"The great thing is to make him value an opinion for some quality other than truth, thus introducing an element of dishonesty and make believe into the heart of whatever threatens to become a virture" (70).

"The Present is the point at which time touches eternity" (75).

"We want a whole race perpetually in persuit of the rainbow's end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now" (78).

"In the humans the Enemy has gratuitously associated affection between the parties with sexual desire.  He has also made the offspring dependetn on the parens and given the parents an impulse to support it--thus producing the Family, which is like the organism, only worse; for the members are more distinct, yet also united in a more conscious and responsible way.  The whole thing, in fact, turns out to be simply one more device for dragging in Love" (95).

"Prosperity knits a man to the World.  He feels he is finding his place in it, 'while really it is finding its place in him'" (155).

"The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton

I am approximately 120 pages into this novel and I like it very much.  I'm already recommending it to friends.  This is my book club book for October 2011.

Update (9/25/11) -- I had the chills, aches, and a fever this weekend, so I got a lot of reading done.  I finished "The Forgotten Garden" this afternoon and I'm reeling from all the mystery and layers.  I loved the story going on in three different timelines and how they all follow in the same revelation of clues.  Also how the stories within the story reflect what's gone on in the past and what will happen in the future.  Two thumbs up.

Post Number 1

I'm not the first of my friends to start a book blog.  I'm not sure I even want to share this with anyone.  It's mostly for my own purposes in tracking what I read. 

I just tried to access my LivingSocial booklist, which I've been tracking what I read for a few years, to link to this blog.  I didn't realize they were closing that application, and since I wasn't aware of the discontinued service I've lost all that information as of a month ago.  Even more reason to get this blog going.  I am sad, however, that information is lost.

Many of my books will be from the book club I'm a member of.  The club started when Isaac was a few months old in the Vista ward in Boise.  The Vista ward doesn't exist any longer, but the club still persists, and even though I've lived in Kuna for over 2.5 years, I still go every month.

I'll be sure to indicate how I heard about each book and why I selected it.