Sunday, April 06, 2014
The nameless, bookish, loner narrator, recounting what happened when he was 7.
The mysterious and magical Hempstock family, the Old Mrs, Ginne, Lettie.
Short read. not quite sure what to make of it. Feels almost like a children book
“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
Saturday, April 05, 2014
"How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!"
Miles Halter - the awkward gawky protagonist with the quirky interest in the "last words" of famous people.
Alaska Young - wild, unpredictable, enigmatic. the love interest.
Chip Martin "Colonel" - loyal, honor. the prankster, the friend. the roommate.
Typical awkward loner teen trying to get away from his old life in search of a "Great Perhaps". The new friendships, the booze, the weed, the sex, the pranks. Felt like a typical high school teenage story. Then it got poignant. There's death, there's suspect of suicide, there's the anger, the loss, the grief, the suffering, the forgiving. What is to be sombre was peppered with humor and compassion, making it easy to read.
“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”