Sunday, July 22, 2012
There is a section of the Polish alphabet, pronunciations and words and terms and like me she admits to learning those Polish swear words by hearing them as a child and that is what we recall, probably because her grandparents as did mine said, "never say that." I'm glad I bought this book which has reference to a few others that may be useful in my Polish research. I was pleased that she mentioned James Michener's "Poland" one of my all time favorites of my all time favorite author. It was through that book that something I knew was in our nature, a fierce independence, a cautious wariness of others, an almost trigger finger if criticized is inherent to being Polish and is attributable to the history of Poland, a land that historically was invaded over the ancient times an occupied to modern day communism. It's our nature, it's who we are. I long ago accepted that but I remember my granpap saying, "that's who we are...." that's why we fight when we have to and maybe when we don"t have to. He well knew, as he came to this country a penniless young boy and worked in the coal mines. This was a very quick read and one I will treasure. It is a very fast read and a 5 star rating *****
Monday, July 16, 2012
Two passages stood out to me: the first on page 247, "Because life doesn"t work that way. You can do everything perfectly. Do everything that you think you're supposed to be doing. Fulfill every expectation that other people may have. And you still won"t get the results you think you deserve. Life is crazy and maddening and often makes no sense.....People who shouldn"t be here are and someone who should be here isn"t. And there's nothing you can do about it. You can"t change it. ...It has nothing to do with desire and everything to do with reality which often makes no sense at all.... "
And the second on page 319, " Lizzie and Jack had been meant to be together forever if ever two people were. Only sometimes life doesn't match what should be. It just is. And people have to accept it, no matter how hard it may be....You should respect the past. You should never forget the past. But you can"t live there." An excellent emotion evoking book, another winner by Baldacci. Four stars ****