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16 March 2009 @ 01:01 am
Hey did you do the quiz in the back of the book? 

Which one were you most like? 

I scored as Sticky, of course.
23 February 2009 @ 12:15 pm
Thank you Candice for picking a delightful book.  It was quite a relief after the one I picked.
12 November 2008 @ 04:15 pm
Hey all.

The book I pick is Janet Fitch's Paint It Black.  I will eventually write my grasp of Sue Monk Kidd's book too.
06 November 2008 @ 06:17 pm
Okay... Does anyone at all want to pick the next book? This question is for anyone who is watching or currently listed as a member. Anyone? Anyone?
31 October 2008 @ 04:45 pm
I finished The Secret Life of Bees. I will write about it after Candice is finished since I cannot make lj cuts yet.

There were other people interested in this group, but there has been no word of participation from them. That is fine. This is no criticism. People tend to be busy. If one of you is still interested in other’s reading a book your reading, please let us (Angie, Candice and I) know. If not, well… I guess I’ll pick the next book again. I already have one in mind. However, if one of you wants us in on a discussion about a book your reading, here is your chance.

The next to pick would be Jill. If not, then, it would be Sue, Monica or Kristie, in that order.
14 October 2008 @ 10:34 pm
Hi. I have been gone. Sorry. I will update tomorrow for certain, but I want to pick a book. I hope it doesn't blow. I pick The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Kay?

Native Son was good during the murder scene, but then it was all political for sure. I thought it was going to be better, but it got to be so freakin slow especially in book 3. fate or whatever.

So you all should read the book I picked. The movie of it is coming out soon which I want to see sometime after I read the book. Probably when it is rentable. Okay. I will be back tomorrow.
13 October 2008 @ 01:06 am
4. Bigger repeatedly says to himself that the accidental killing holds "the hidden meaning of his life": "He had murdered and had created a new life for himself. It was something that was all his own, and it was the first time in his life he had anything that others could not take from him." Discuss the disturbing concept of killing as a "supreme and meaningful act." Is this Wright's own view of the killing--or are we meant to see it only as Bigger's internal conclusion?
He sounds like a sociopath to me. He experienced no guilt for Mary’s death (or hiding it and watching her family suffer) and no guilt for Bessie’s murder. I think perhaps he was trying to justify to himself the act of killing. “Supreme” is a word describing a higher entity, a god. “Meaningful” is a word used to describe countless other actions than killing. Perhaps he felt more free after killing Mary, but it seemed that any change would have given him the same feeling. That feeling of uncertainty about the future could have been achieved in another way. Killing those women only led to the end of his future.
It is unlikely that Wright’s view of killing was the same as his brainchild Bigger’s notion. A writer has an imagination that does not necessarily have to reflect his own personal views. Bigger’s conclusion may have been a passing thought that became a significant part of the book.

5. When first confronted with the accusation that he raped Mary, Bigger thinks: "rape was not what one did to women. Rape was what one felt when one's back was against a wall and one had to strike out." Discuss the group's reactions to this controversial passage. Does this redefinition of rape reveal an insensitivity on Wright's part to women and the oppressions that they experience in American society?
Excuse me! Rape is not analogous to women’s oppression in American society. That is the most ridiculous analogy I have ever seen. Society and rape seem fairly separate. The book was written in different times, but I do not believe that most of society would look kindly on rape no matter one’s race. Rape involves one person attempting to dominate another. It taints what should be a physically and emotionally satisfying act. This passage does not redefine rape. Rape is clearly an offensive act. Rape is not done as an act of defense “when one’s back was against a wall.” If Mary embodied everything that he felt subjugated to, then he would have been the one raped in this instance. I think that he mentioned that he felt that way. I have no sympathy for Bigger. His mind was twisted. Even if the entire black population felt the way he felt, they did not act on the impulse to rape and kill. The incident with Mary may have been a forgivable accident. However, the brutality he showed Bessie was horrendous.

In addition and not directly related to the questions above…
Bigger is not really a person. He seemed more to represent a collective of people or perhaps the mood of the black population. The act of killing was the biggest event in his life. Of course, it blew out of proportion and became all important. Mary was the personification of a small group of people beginning to help and realize the wrongs done to the black population. If Bigger accidently killed her thinking that she was just like everyone else, then does that mean Wright slipped in a warning? Are white people supposed to avoid “being nice” to black people? Is he warning that it will be assumed that white people are STILL out to belittle others?
Whatever this book was, I do not think it was about the characters. It was about ideas and actions. The plot of the book was enough to keep one moving through it. Mr. Max’s monologue was more an essay on oppression and understanding. I have read other books with monologues like that by Ayn Rand. They were about other issues, but the idea is the same. You get someone reading fiction and slide philosophy in while they are hooked.
02 October 2008 @ 12:28 pm

I finished reading The Mermaid Chair.  It was.. really sad. I didn't like the main character very much through most of it, but I still felt an understanding for her.  A few parts made me way sad and I may have cried. :) I obviously don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say.. you should read it if you like sad yet.. happy ending-ish kind of books.
17 September 2008 @ 07:10 pm
Yesterday, I went to the Lilly Library.  I was forced to do so, because my intensive writing class professor made me (and the rest of the class).  They have a 3' X 4' glass display of original Ian Fleming manuscrips.  Within them were hand-written edits much like we saw on the Jack Kerouac scroll.  Just inside the front covers were inscriptions.  Inscribed within Casino Royale was "It was written to take my mind of other matters..."  Apparently, Fleming sat down at the typewriter and just cranked out his first James Bond novel within a few weeks without planning.