I have spent a good part,
of the last two days,
Where The Red Fern Grows.
I am sure many of you have read it.
It’s something of a classic,
there are over,
eight hundred reviews,
on amazon, alone.
I’m sort of embarrassed to admit,
I had never heard of this book,
until about a month ago.
A woman I met,
told me about it,
it seemed to mean,
a lot to her.
I was intrigued and interested,
by both the book and the woman.
So, a couple of Sundays ago,
I took it out of the library.
It was the first time,
I went to the children’s section.
It’s a wonderful book.
Full of fun and adventure.
It’s about the importance,
and of hard work.
Full of love and compassion,
as well as,
pain and heartbreak.
An exemplary piece of children’s literature.
One of the first questions,
I ask someone who I find interesting,
what is your favourite book?
It’s important to me.
I also know it’s not really,
that easy a question to answer.
It can vary,
depending on life circumstance.
the summer I was fourteen,
I read a giant opus of a book,
Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk.
I was really taken with it,
all I remember about it now,
is that it was humongous,
and it made me dream of being a writer.
It was about a writer and I thought,
that is the most interesting of lives.
I have never re-read that book,
I don’t know if I would still like it,
I will go on remembering it,
It’s better not to tempt,
One book I love and have re-read is,
The Catcher In The Rye,
I know many people don’t like this novel,
it is the best portrayal,
I have read,
of how alien and marginal,
a sensitive, intelligent,
I read it last year and I felt,
the gnawing in the pit of my stomach,
I was fifteen again,
not in a nostalgic,
wasn’t it great sort of way,
will anyone ever get me, way.
But, my favourite book of all time is,
The World According To Garp.
I have been thinking about this,
the past few weeks,
what this says about me.
I think it means I expect the worst,
fervently hope for the best.
I also think it means,
I think you should be weary of,
even when it starts from a good place,
more often than not leads to fanaticism.
It says I know love is imperfect,
always worth the risk.
It means I should always try to,
remember what being a child is,
that flippant off hand remarks,
can lead to years of misunderstanding,
and sometimes permanent scaring.
It means that life is both,
hysterically funny and tragic,
An odd choice as a favourite granted,
it’s about a man,
raised by a single mother,
who has a family and is a writer.
I am none of these things.
I always felt that someway, somehow,
I was Garp.
I am anything,
I am strange:-)
Tell me what your favourite book is,