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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lines of Literature

This is the first installment of a new series of posts sharing interesting, striking, moving, or funny lines from books I read.

From Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea:

"Good night then. I will wake you in the morning."
"You're my alarm clock," the boy said.
"Age is my alarm clock," the old man said. "Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?"
"I don't know," the boy said. "All I know is that young boys sleep late and hard."

So true.


Sharon said...

This morning Abi woke up first. She was playing very quietly in the play room (each of the bedrooms has windows which open onto this room) and I heard Joshua call out to her in a soft, low voice: "Please be quiet Abigail and let me sleep." So in my experience this quote is very true as well.

I loved reading The Old Man and the Sea as a teen, but found the end tragically sad. I imagine younger children would enjoy the drama of it (and it is handily brief), but perhaps also be moved to tears. Are you reading it to the girls? How are they liking it?

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

It is so fun to get your take on things! Thanks for this round of comments.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't recall ever reading Hemingway until now. (And I have a liberal arts education, so figure that one out!) It wasn't what I expected. I think I worried he would be like Faulkner, which I, well, hate really is the right word.

I too loved reading The Old Man and the Sea but also was very sad by the ending. No, I didn't read it to the kids. While I found it pretty accessible, I am starting to realize some books are better received at a higher maturity level. Actually, I didn't really think about that.

I decided against writing a mini-review of Old Man because I notice some lazy people tend to end up here after Googling for answers on things. I'm not interested in providing cheaters with an Old Man and the Sea book report! Too bad, because I would have liked doing it. :)

Sharon said...

How do you know they've visited? Obviously they're not leaving comments; well, none that you let past moderation, anyway. Most of my reviews seem to be of kids' books nowadays which doesn't quite have the same audience.

I read it as part of either year 10 or year 11 English. I think it was year 11. You're definitely right about the maturity level thing. It is quite a tense tale. And I can't say I've ever read any Faulkner, so I have no idea what you're comparing it to.

I think around the same time we studied a series of war poems by Hemingway including Dulce et decorum est which provided the first and pretty much only latin phrase I have ever memorised: dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: "it is sweet and fitting to die for one's fathers", which is very much tongue-in-cheek in the poem. Upon reflection, I think we studied the poems in class and then I read The Old Man and The Sea in the way of extension work. So it probably wasn't something the "average" year 11 students read either.

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

I use SiteMeter's free service. It shows me the hits (although as you indicate, most are "bounces" in which the visitor pulls up the site and immediately leaves) and the referring URL. So, if someone hits the site from a Google search, it indicates what the Google search words are. I've gotten quite a lot of "BSF Life of Moses answers" which appalls me. Also, I get a steady stream of "Who is the friend in Owls in the Family" or even, "Shurley Grammar answer key." I suppose there is a fine line between "research" and outright cheating when it comes to Google searches, but I tend to be a bit cynical!

I've not sworn off book reviews. In fact, I look forward to doing some from my list (I can't wait to post about The Penderwicks). I just thought on a book that is obviously studied quite often, I would skip it.

I've avoided Faulkner for years, but my memory is that it was a lot of profanity.

Sharon said...

Thanks for the info. I might try that. I do notice that whenever I post about the children's make your own bibles, I get comments from people with links to their selling sites, which I delete straight off.

~ Sharon

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