Monday, August 12, 2019

Peace Like a River

The Boy Scout finished reading the World According to Garp to me and I enjoyed it tremendously. What a writer! I can't pick out any particular sentences, or point to a paragraph that I think was a masterpiece, but I was amazed at the depth in which Irving could make me feel. One minute such grief that a couple of times I had to ask him to stop reading, then dread and disappointment with the characters, and then with such hilarity that the Boy Scout was unable to read through the spasms of laughter and tears rolling down his face. Irving seems to love his characters but allows them to be so very human.
Cannot wait to start A Prayer for Owen Meany but we thought we would mix it up a bit.

Now we are navigating Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Thus far, I am finding it to be subtle and quiet with a poinency that aches. Family, love, revenge and faith.....the writing is simply lovely.

“Once in my life I knew a grief so hard I could actually hear it inside, scraping at the lining of my stomach, an audible ache, dredging with hooks as rivers are dredged when someone’s been missing too long.” 

“Fresh peach pie can lift a bullying reprobate into apologetic courtesy; I have watched it happen.” 

Written from the point of view of our young protagonist Rueben, he has well captured the voice of a boy becoming a man and learning what we all have to learn about this world sooner or later. We've got a way to go, so this might be premature, but I am loving every minute of it thus far.

13 comments:

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my all time favorite books. I know you will enjoy it!

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  2. How wonderful you share the experience of the book as you do. So much better than listening to the audio on your own.

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    1. It is really nice. We usually find a nice parking spot over poking the ocean. Crack the windows of warm enough. And just settle in.

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  3. I love that your son reads out loud to you. I haven't thought about The World According to Garp in so many, many years. Makes me want to re-read it, and try Peace Like a River for the first time.

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    1. The Boy Scout is my partner. I call him that because that is how he sees himself but he is actually very far from a Boy Scout :)

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  4. Your own personal book reader, very cool!

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  5. A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my all time favorite books. I just reread The World According to Garp last year as it was the 40th anniversary of the publishing of that book.

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    1. I don't know how I missed Irving way back when. Never too late.

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  6. Peace Like a River....oh my heart. (Spoiler alert...I cried.)

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  7. Peace Like a River sounds like it could be a very powerful, very emotional book. That quote really resonates.

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