eleanor & park

I had eleanor-parkhigh hopes for this book, it came with much acclaim as realistic (non-vampire) YA fiction and I came away with a feeling I had been manipulated. Granted, all fiction does that to some extent, but the turn off comes in the repeated, real-time realization. The work is enveloped by a pedantic, romtanicized, pandering, tone. Can we just agree bullying is bad? Please, let’s stop writing about it.

Rowell nails a ciphered, lost feeling well; her willingness portray real ugliness is riveting. Thankfully, I’m old because growing up is complicated.

The work is appropriate for an sensitive kid, and perhaps it could lead a few to discover an empathy for others at the risk of a reputation.


war, deceit, imperial folly…

The idea of reading this book was tossedlawrence-in-arabia-war-deceit-imperial-folly-and-the-making-of-the-modern-middle-east around in my head for months even after I read a number of recommendations. I’m over politics. This was not a title I wanted to ultimately abandoned because of a a writer’s political agenda.

This was different, and not really terrible. Author Scott Anderson weaves several stories together (it reminded me of Let the Great World Spin in that way), from T.E. Lawrence to Zionists and oil company execs creating an erroneous basis for U.S. policy that would muddle cultural understanding and dictate relations for years to come. Lawrence In Arabia is not without its spies, and meddling by foreign governments, however its easier to swallow than I first thought.