Saturday, September 6, 2008

Just another big Saturday night ...

Steve and I had a really nice evening. I made dinner and we ate it on bed trays on our bed while we watched one of our "All Creatures Great and Small" episodes. We're now on Season 2, and I enjoy them so much. They make me want to see Yorkshire -- it's so beautiful. I'm so glad Steve introduced me to those videos. Just hearing the theme music makes me happy... It was a good BBC television show back in the 70s, and I totally missed it. So I'm really glad to be able to see them now.

Anyway, we've had a nice, quiet evening ... just about my favorite thing.

On another note, I finished my latest audio book today, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. What a great book! It's one of those books that when you put it down, you find yourself thinking about it. It's compelling, and funny, and tragic, and triumphant ... a really great read.

If you haven't read it, it's the fictional story of a fiery evangelical Baptist preacher who takes his wife and four daughters into The Congo in the early 1960s. They were woefully unprepared and he was insanely stubborn, refusing to leave even while the people of their small village tried to "vote him out" and while political turmoil and uprising is all around them. A horrible death occurs, which changes everything overnight.

The story is told from the perspectives of the wife, Orleanna, and each of the four daughters: Leah, Adah, Rachel, and Ruth May. I love the way this author gave a voice to each of them -- and such a distinctive voice for each. It was like looking at something that happened from five different views -- really fascinating.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book as a very compelling, can't-put-it-down story.

5 comments:

Vikki said...

You know girl, you should get a job as a book critic... you discribe them so clearly and wonderfully I always want to read them too.
I'm so glad you and Steve were able to have a much needed and long time coming quiet and enjoyable evening at hope. Sounds very cozy.
I spent the night cooking, and still didn't get finished...giggle
Vikki

Patty said...

Thanks, Vikki! I do love books, that's for sure...

Hope you got a lot of good food made and prepped; I made some muffins (just 6) to see if I'd like that particular recipe, and I did. So I may make some more today...

Gary ("Old Dude") said...

I agree with Vikki, you should be a book critic. (ya might wanna check with your local paper and see if they would allow ya some space to critique books for them.)

Patty said...

Wow, thanks, Gary... I'd have to start with a lot smaller paper than our Commercial Appeal...

Hélène Glehen said...

Hi Patty,
Nice to meet you and thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

 
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