Thursday, October 21, 2004

Songs in Ordinary Time

Last night I finished reading Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris. It was a great book. I am a little sleepy this morning because I stayed up too late reading. I'd be interested to hear what other folks think of this book. So, please leave comments.

The book is amazing in the way it reveals how each of the characters is involved in their own drama. Songs shows us how the same circumstances -- the same conditions -- can be interpreted so differently by individuals. Morris demonstrates a deep understanding of the human condition through her characters. Each one has different motivations and psychological "tools" that they use to move through life...manipulating, avoiding, fighting...but it's just part of the "play" they create for themselves. This books shows how we all have an individual concept of reality and most of the time were are incapable of looking outside of ourselves to see how our strategies to hold the myth all together keep us from having authentic experiences with others and block out truth in our life.

Morris doesn't judge her characters. Each one is shown in a kind of true light...we are able to see the rationale for their behavior -- no matter how crazy we might think it is -- and come away with an understanding about ourselves.


At 10/21/2004 3:43 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey John!!!! The pictures are all so beautiful. And I can't believe you got what you wanted at the pharmacist. Your Hebrew is coming along! I can't wait to visit you. Hey Yaacov!!!! I love and miss you both!!!!


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