This book was on my to-read pile for the last couple of weeks and I finally pushed and read it this week. The premise: what if you could live forever? Would you do it? Why or why not? This unassuming little book asks important questions; we get to wrestle with them as we live along with the characters and see how the answers play out in their lives. I liked it, and think I would have liked it more if I had read more than a few pages at a time. It was not a religious book at all, but touched on the eternal. Many years ago I was afraid of death and probably would have welcomed the chance to live forever on earth. I am older now and, perhaps, just a bit wiser; I see death differently now. This book made me look at it in a different light than I had before, touching on the natural instinct for us as human beings to keep moving ahead.
My next fiction read is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. This book has come recommended from a number of sources whom I trust so am super excited to read it. I got home late last night and was only able to get partly through the prologue so I don't have much to say about it yet. I will say, though, that I do not like the cover of my edition! I'm not going to take the trouble to link to it but it is a photo of the people who starred in the PBS screen version of it. Had I known this is what I would get, I would have spent a few extra dollars and gotten a cover I liked - the one I link to above is much better.
I have a commitment to the Blessed Mother to pray the Rosary every day, but it is not always easy. I am always open to helping myself be more inspired by it and more committed. I haven't opened this book yet but it's in my basket and I plan to start it this week. More later.
I am putting this book on pause in hopes of building up a bit more philosophy knowledge. I could muddle my way through, but I really want to give myself the best chance at understanding as much as I can. I am currently trying to figure out the best way to do this. Maybe by next week?
Still reading this in small bits; I'm in the month of June right now. I really could read this faster but am trying to savor it. One poem I really liked this week by Norman Gale:
Here in the country's heart
Where the grass is green
Life is the same sweet life
As it e'er hath been
Trust in a God still lives,
And the bell at morn
Floats with a thought of God
O'er the rising corn.
God comes down in the rain
And the crop grows tall -
This is the country faith,
And the best of all!
I grew up in the suburb of a very large city and was far from anything remotely country (except country music in college, maybe...). Now living in a rural subdivision, I find that even this little taste of country life suits me pretty well. So, this poem captured a bit of what I dream about country life.
I made no progress on this book all week. Boy, I really need to get my reading routine back! See the weekly updates prior to this one for some thoughts on this book.