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by Depputante
Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Tidbit #17 ~ Welcome to Des Moines!
Replies: 14
Views: 1911

I remember when we first visited Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Near Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains). It was really cold outside downtown, like -15C (It gets down to -35C for about 3 weeks every year). Our whole family, standing outside near a bus station freezing our bootys off, week day mor...
by Depputante
Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Topic: WEGG Tidbit #16 ~ Elvis
Replies: 25
Views: 4501

Been there, done that. Even went to visit Tupelo 'shotgun' house. It's VERY small. Front room, back room. There's a kind of 'church' beside the house in the picture too. We lived in Memphis from '95-'99. Took a few tours of Graceland too. I've got a great recipe for Memphis Barbeque sauce. :-) It's ...
by Depputante
Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:29 am
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #32 - Your Final Answer
Replies: 17
Views: 4567

What did you like best about the book? Least? Would you recommend it to anyone? Well, I liked Samarin and the Shaman the best. I wish the shaman had more input into the story. Least, I'd say that I had difficulty with the Anna background, and the Reds, although they make the story fufilling, I didn...
by Depputante
Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #30 - The Last Paragraph
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

Right on , suec! Finally makes sense when you compare it to other endings, and really get the big picture. (Wish the writing flowed as good as Rum Diary or Shantaram.) It is a tremendously positive and uplifting paragraph, dealing with one man’s act of kindness for another, honouring and respecting ...
by Depputante
Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #30 - The Last Paragraph
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

Here it is (with apologies for typos): They passed Develchen, the albino, moving north, away from the tracks, leading Omar through fetlock-deep snow. The shaman's body was lashed to the horse. Of all Mutz's persuasions, getting the Reds to part with the stallion for the albino had been the hardest....
by Depputante
Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #31 - Back to Johnny....
Replies: 13
Views: 2756

I agree with everything that's been said so far. :cool: In the first couple chapters, we see the revolutionary pushing the envelope to the edge. Then comes Balashov, a second person pushing it to the edge. Then the escape from prison. All these things I think drew Johnny to the book. However, I wond...
by Depputante
Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #30 - The Last Paragraph
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

:eyebrow: Is there something about the importance of ritual/custom/ceremony in this paragraph too? The talismans, the drum, the bottle of moonshine, etc., (even the horse) seem to be what gives the Shaman his mystical powers and without them the whole thing (the world, the afterworld, whatever) wou...
by Depputante
Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #29 ~ Point and Purpose
Replies: 34
Views: 5907

Ok Parlez, I see what you're saying about Sam's detachment. Taking it one step further, Are you suggesting that the people are capable of love, but not the detached intellectual revolutionary, Sam ? The subject in question: On pg. 260, Samarin says, “What looks like an act of evil to a single person...
by Depputante
Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #30 - The Last Paragraph
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

It's great that the albino and Mutz for following through with the shaman's wishes. The shaman got his horse. The last sentence is a kind of assumption. They assume that the shaman got his horse, and was laughing up there in :cloud9: along side the other gods, being right about 'every man having his...
by Depputante
Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #30 - The Last Paragraph
Replies: 38
Views: 5935

I don't have the book. I already returned it to the library.
by Depputante
Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:13 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #29 ~ Point and Purpose
Replies: 34
Views: 5907

Re: TPAOL Question #29 ~ Point and Purpose

On pg. 260, Samarin says, “What looks like an act of evil to a single person is the people’s act of love to its future self.” Why do you think Meek chose the title of the book? What point is Meek trying to make about love with this book? Well, first, If Samarin had NOT comitted the crime, he would ...
by Depputante
Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #28 - Remaking the World
Replies: 15
Views: 3461

I think this is about not getting caught up in the rat race of life. We learn things along the way, that take us off the train track.

Being a Russian novel set in historical revolutionary times,
Samarin could be a symbol of the determination it takes for someone to stay on the track.
by Depputante
Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #27 ~ Hope
Replies: 13
Views: 2655

Balashov’s mutilation was not a traditional belief. But I do believe that he believed (at the time) that it was the way to God. I think he was deceived, and allowed himself to be deceived. But I do believe at the time he thought he was doing the right thing. He saw later that he may have made a mis...
by Depputante
Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:31 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #26 ~
Replies: 18
Views: 3132

Is it necessarily a good thing to be realistic in one's goals? Isn't that just a way of accepting moderation? It seems to me that some people that are almost universally admired would not have achieved what they did if they had set themselves achievable goals. So I'm with you, KYw. And Liz, doomed ...
by Depputante
Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: The People's Act of Love
Topic: TPAOL Question #23 ~ And in the end...
Replies: 20
Views: 3898

I admit I never saw the killing coming! I had no idea what he was up to when the group came walking down the street with the horse. I did wonder why he had previously been riding the horse though. I think Samarin had a weak moment, or a human moment if you will, but in the end he disappeared to con...

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