I can not believe it is the end of May. It happens like this every year. We go through winter break and maybe one or two snow days, then spring sneaks up on us and suddenly it is summer! I’ll be spending part of my summer vacation sorting, backing and moving school library books as we are reconfiguring some space. It’s a great chance to cull books and acquire books students will actually read but it involves moving many boxes down two flights of stairs!
I did not post much this week, wrote a bit about Half of a Yellow Sun, and finished reading the first section of Roberto Bolano’s 2666. More on Bolano later. I tried to read The Swallows of Kabul but to put that one down. I think I’ve read too many books about war, death and destruction over the past few weeks. I needed a break. So what did I pick up? The People of the Whale by Linda Hogan, a book about war, death and destruction. I know, that doesn’t make sense, but it is a lovely book. From page 130:
“ …She’d heard that there was once a man called the Rain Priest who could take away curses or change the waters and call down the rains. He could call water to come. It was his gift. He was called when the signing of the treaty caused the old drought.
This was, according to the old stories of Thinking Woman, A’atsika ancient law before god had arrived with the missionaries, before they had ever heard of Moses parting the waters. The Rain Priest was their Moses. He had saved them once and Ruth thinks this may be their only help. She is uncertain, but she thinks time is an element, like air and water and stone. It could be sailed on or dropped into or broken open. Sometimes it is entered like a dark cave and no one returns from it. They pass on to other places. So why shouldn’t time still be this way?.. “
I read the second book in Ursula Le Guin’s newest series, Voices, and am about to start the third. I hope to review them all together. I picked up several poetry books from the library, along with Aya and Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton.
What are you planning on reading this week?
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