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I actually own the CD version of this book, but I've read the library copy, and I highly recommend it to everyone. It's excellent!
Was there pomp? Yes, and Ceremony? No end of ceremony. flashy, historic, and monumental in the history of the world? I think not. I think the Swiss Guard are the giant face from the "The Wizard of Oz" movie. I have a problem with a tiny religious fiefdom having a seat at the United Nations, even an observer role. I think that all this fluff and bustle is designed to keep the poor simple faithful, [as Mother Church is wont to call us,] looking at the lights strobing over there while they hush up one sexual abuse scandal after another. This "Holy Father" was right at the top of the "sweep it under the rug and reassign them" bunch in the Catholic Church as hundreds more children of both genders continued to be abused while they Whitewashed "The Image of Holy Mother Church." I believe in my soul that if and when Jesus comes back, these self-righteous bastards will have a LOT of explaining to do, and Jesus [Famous for saying "let the little children come unto me," won't be smiling at them.
This book made me laugh and cry and love my dog all the more! It made me miss every dog I have ever had and to try to determine if Stormy has been my dog before!
Original review posted here I have a bone to pick with this book. I want to know why books described as “literary horror” need to contain some of the most crude, disturbing, disgusting, grossly graphic acts of sexual perversion. Why? It’s not needed and over and over I found myself pulling away from the book and putting it down, thoroughly disgusted both with what I was reading and myself for actually reading it. This book was not enjoyable. It’s a shame as well, because it had elements of the gothic feeling that I love and the story was a fascinating one, once one muddled through all the filth surrounding it. That filth was so incredibly distracting though it makes it hard to say anything else about the book. This is one that’s talked about a lot online. The title is catching and people are bound to talk about a title, a book subject and a binding like this (the edges of the pages are trimmed with red, imitating blood). It’s very much one you want to check out before buying, especially if you are squeamish and prudish like me about graphic sexual acts.
better than his full-length monster work Capital.
The first half of the book was 5 stars but I didn't enjoy the second half quite as much - however I still really liked the book.
3.5 this is a good book for any parent- whether you have an explosive child or not. another tool in your parenting bag and also would be good for teachers. I think it takes an insightful or talented person to look at life from the perspective of a child/adolescent and have their thoughts translate into something an adult can understand/deal with better. Heck, i can't even articulate my OWN thoughts to other people. it also makes me feel better as a parent that my child is not as explosive as others (kind of that same feeling you get when you watch those nanny 911 shows or go on facebook and see pictures of friends and think "i should pat myself on the back." Not a nice feeling, for sure, but nonetheless i think we all think it. ok i might know one or two people who don't think things like that.
The thing about Georgie is that he's a dwarf, but that's not the only thing you should know about him. Georgie is a fourth-grader and trying to adjust to his mom's pregnancy, the fact that his best friends seems to like another kid better, and Jeanie the Meanie following him all the time. A sweet, clever, funny story about a kid leading a normal fourth-grade life.
I am listening to this book on CD. Sidney Poitier's voice is so soothing. I am on 3rd CD (total of 7 CDs) and I like it so far.
Reading this book will automatically get you ten thousand nerd points, which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned, but it's probably not high on most peoples' priority list. I enjoyed How the States Got Their Shapes, but I wouldn't say it was a "fun" read. Finding out why our states have the borders they do is interesting and informative, and it really made me wish I'd paid more attention in my high school history class (how much do you remember about the French and Indian War?). Actually, it was a great refresher for me in terms of a lot of that early American history, and I get the feeling that Stein has clearly done his homework here. The problem is that this book skews much more towards an accounting of facts rather than an engaging narrative, so it winds up being very dry reading. Even the exciting parts aren't written in an exciting way - you just have to use your imagination to picture the drama and suspense that must have accompanied the early days of our nation. Nevertheless, if you're the kind of person who's ever looked at a map of the US and wondered, "Why on earth is the Upper Peninsula part of Michigan?", then you would probably like this book.