The first time I read The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay, I felt such an overwhelming sense of sadness and hope. It’s when I first started to believe that we all have it in us to change something in our world. And for that, I’m forever grateful.
I was at my old school today for a hockey draft. I got there before the end of the day, and so I saw a bunch of my kids.
It made me miss them even more.
I found out though that a fair number of my boys from grade 11 last year wrote letters to the school board, saying how unfair it was that I was getting moved and other teachers weren’t. Obviously it didn’t do any good, but it’s nice to hear.
For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing. But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.
I’ve never really thought about this, but I suppose I’d live in the Maycomb of Scout’s childhood.
Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
It’s not the most flattering description, but there’s something about it that makes me want to inhabit that place, with those people.
A list of the 100 most challenged books of all time. I’ve read (*) most of them.
1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald* 2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger* 3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck* 4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee* 5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker* 6. Ulysses by James Joyce* 7. Beloved by Toni Morrison* 8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding* 9. 1984 by George Orwell* 10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner* 11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov* 12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck* 13. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White* 14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce* 15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller* 16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley* 17. Animal Farm by George Orwell* 18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway* 19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner* 20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway* 21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad* 22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne* 23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston* 24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison* 26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell* 27. Native Son by Richard Wright 28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey* 29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut* 30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway* 31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac* 32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway* 33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London* 34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James* 36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin* 37. The World According to Garp by John Irving* 38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren* 39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster* 40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien* 41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally* 42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton* 43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand* 44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce* 45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum* 48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence* 49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess* 50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin 51. My Antonia by Willa Cather 52. Howards End by E. M. Forster 53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote* 54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger* 55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie* 56. Jazz by Toni Morrison 57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron* 58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner* 59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster* 60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor 62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald* 63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf 64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence* 65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe* 66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles* 68. Light in August by William Faulkner* 69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James 70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe* 71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier* 72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams* 73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs* 74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh* 75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence* 76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe 77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway* 78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein 79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett 80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer* 81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys* 82. White Noise by Don DeLillo 83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather 84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells* 86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad* 87. The Bostonians by Henry James 88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather 90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame* 91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald* 92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand* 93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles 94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis 95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling* 96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald* 97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike 98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster 99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis 100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie*
I first read this when I was 14, on a long car trip to my grandma’s house. My dad figured that I’d be occupied (and quiet) for the ride. He was right. I started reading about 5 minutes out of the city, and only stopped when we got out of the car to eat. I finished the book less than 5 minutes before I got to my grandma’s. and I had to take many many moments to compose myself.
I was enthralled by the story, by the writing, and especially by the characters. Conor Larkin was my first fiction crush, and I think he’s still at the top of that list.
I’ve read this book at least 3 dozen times, and it’s one of the few repeats that I don’t skim through.
Buffalo Sabres: The Black Eyed Peas. Overpaid, undertalented, going to be painful to watch on the biggest stage, just like BEP were in the Super Bowl. Tyler Myers’ ridiculous contract also obligates him to become a solo superstar, just like Fergie….