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by suec
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: The Rum Diary
Topic: The Rum Diary Tidbit #12 ~ RUM!
Replies: 7
Views: 1783

Re: The Rum Diary Tidbit #12 ~ RUM!

Well, like the Man said, rum will get you through just about anything (paraphrasing). Guess he wasn't wrong, huh?
Very interesting, thanks!
by suec
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: The Rum Diary
Topic: The Rum Diary Tidbit #11 ~ The Caribé Hilton
Replies: 8
Views: 1865

Re: The Rum Diary Tidbit #11 ~ The Caribé Hilton

Yeah, that's some kinda beautiful ting!
Want to go there.
by suec
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:06 am
Forum: The Rum Diary
Topic: The Rum Diary Tidbit #6 ~ Dark Eileen O'Connell
Replies: 9
Views: 2094

Re: The Rum Diary Tidbit #6 ~ Dark Eileen O'Connell

Thanks - enjoying the tidbits & looking forward to the discussion! :wave:
by suec
Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: The Rum Diary
Topic: The Rum Diary Tidbit #6 ~ Dark Eileen O'Connell
Replies: 9
Views: 2094

Re: The Rum Diary Tidbit #6 ~ Dark Eileen O'Connell

Yes, very interesting, DIDHOT, thanks. The eigraph certainly introduces the elegiac feeling in the book for me.
by suec
Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Hunter Question #6 - Saroyan, Kerouac & Thompson
Replies: 18
Views: 2135

Re: Hunter Question #6 - Saroyan, Kerouac & Thompson

I Ithink they all had something to say about living in the moment. I can't think of Hunter without remembering 'Buy the ticket, take the ride'. They each of them promoted that view in their different ways. I like what Johnny said about what he took from Kerouac about moving forward like a sanctified...
by suec
Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week - The Time of Your Life
Replies: 8
Views: 2561

Re: Saroyan Week - The Time of Your Life

I think given the emphasis on the kindly heart, that applies to the two men in the store, who did not behave in a kindly way. "Despise evil and and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil". Al gets a taste of being despised. I don't think it's particularly easy to criticise the beh...
by suec
Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #3
Replies: 12
Views: 1620

Re: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #3

What I love about this story is about the choices. Al does something wrong, but doesn't run away from it. he puts it right, and does so as magnificently as he possibley can. He couldn't possibly do any more to restore his self-respect. He shows there is no way out of something except through it. But...
by suec
Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:32 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #2 ~ The Title
Replies: 12
Views: 2428

Re: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #2 ~ The Title

For some reason, it reminds me of an Islamic garden. The water, I suppose, and the scent of the herb. And because it seems like such a sanctuary. At any rate, I think it is a spiritual place, just as Saroyan's writing is spiritual. The garden represents growth and healing from the sores and labours ...
by suec
Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #1 ~ Al
Replies: 9
Views: 2422

Re: Saroyan Week ~ The Parsley Garden #1 ~ Al

When I reminded Saroyan's account of why he wrote, he reminded me of Al: Specifically, I was troubled by the sorrow of it (memory)... I refused to accept the theory that things end... I felt impelled to do something... I began to write in order to get even on death." Al is similar in the way he...
by suec
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ Question #3 ~ Saroyan's Goal
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: Saroyan Week ~ Question #3 ~ Saroyan's Goal

Nature's first green is gold Her hardest hue to hold Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost This is one of my favourite poems. It has always spoken very powerfully to me. It sums...
by suec
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ Question #2 ~ Impermanence
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

Re: Saroyan Week ~ Question #2 ~ Impermanence

I think on balance I'm pretty happy with impermanence really. I suppose I've had time to adjust to that not having children, and knowing my line won't continue. I really like Buster's idea of actively storing memories. I've done that for years, mentally logging and reflecting on what I call the cham...
by suec
Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ Why I Write ~ #1 Memories
Replies: 20
Views: 2557

Re: Saroyan Week ~ Why I Write ~ #1 Memories

That's true about music. When I hear a track, it can can take me right back to where I was when I first heard it. My earliest is when I was about 6. Whenever I hear the song, it takes me right back to being on the ferry to Ireland, and where I was on the boat at the time, on what I rememember as a l...
by suec
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Saroyan Week ~ Why I Write ~ #1 Memories
Replies: 20
Views: 2557

Re: Saroyan Week ~ Why I Write ~ #1 Memories

I don't thnk it's long or confused at all, Buster. I agree with you; I don't remember in words either. Mainly I remember emotions and pictures. But your memories do seem spectacular. My earliest memeory must have been of my grandad, which I can be specific about for he died when I was only two and a...
by suec
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Ligeia Question #5 ~ Lady Rowena Trevanion of Tremaine
Replies: 14
Views: 1465

Re: Ligeia Question #5 ~ Lady Rowena Trevanion of Tremaine

:lol: Well, you can't beat poe for creepiness, can you?
by suec
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Autumn Authors
Topic: Ligeia Question #7 ~ The Final Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Ligeia Question #7 ~ The Final Question

It has indeed been fun. I'd like to add I also enjoyed the format with a week for the author, and I particularly enjoyed the change from a children's book to Poe. That's what I call variety!

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