I was delighted to find that The Four Winds had arrived for me at the library last week. I read it all in one day. But I have to be honest with you: I wouldn't recommend it to someone else. I thought about giving up on it all the way to the middle of the book, when the story did pick up. Still, there were lots of things I found jarring...the inconsistent behavior of the main character's parents (first they are protective, and then...what?)...the rudeness of the daughter and how it was treated by the adults...the fancy Italian foods the family ate during the Depression...all of these things just didn't work for me based on what I know about Italian families and about families during the Depression era. So, a disappointment.
I will be finished with The Divine Comedy in just days, after reading on it every day for three and a half months. I will be glad to be done with it. All the levels of punishment for sinners and all the theology and all the names of various good guys and bad guys known to Dante...whew! Reading it was exhausting, honestly. Still, I'm glad to have read it. Just don't ask me to read it again, and I'm not sure I really even remember enough to talk about it with you.
Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga (1001 Children's Books)
The Little Book of Lent (Daily Reading During Lent)
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Chapter-a-Day Read-Along)
Yes, and...Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr (Daily Meditation Reading)
Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion (Naturalist Book Club)
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge (National Poetry Month)
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1001 Children's Books)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Classics Club)
Good Thing #1. Why You Should Plant Oaks, and why I am thankful the MacKay family that lived in my house in 1953 planted oaks.
Good Thing #2. I ran across this old photo from Easter in 1966. I'm the tall girl. Note my sister and I had look-alike dresses. My mom sewed her dress and ours. And we all had Easter bonnets. Remember those?
Good Thing #3. All the plants I thought had died in the freeze have, unexpectedly, revived. Crepe myrtles. Azaleas. Bougainvilleas. Oleanders. Even the tomatoes have come back.
I'm happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.
My linkup for Sunday Salon is below.