Today is Friday, which means another “Feature & Follow” post!
Hosts Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, pose weekly, book-related questions to the bibliophilic community. Participating each week helps bloggers to dialogue and connect with one another, in one neat & tidy corner of the blogosphere. Since I’m neither neat nor tidy on my own (Pookas lack organizational skills), I’ve decided to take part despite my reservations.
The question this week is:
Q: Yesterday was the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government.
A: A war, huh? How about a war within oneself? Man versus nature? Nature vs. man? Mano-a-mano? No?
I’ve read books with grand, political wars in them (The Hunger Games, The Killing Fields, even Johnny Tremain way back when), but the thing is — that’s not really my
cup of tea mug of java. Even when I do read these books, my focus is never really on the war. My focus is on the characters and their internal struggles, how they intimately interact with one another, the words that they say, the language they use, examples of symbolism, metaphors, similes, vivid images of beauty or ugliness. Wars are the Big Idea and I’m all about small details. It’s not that I ignore the wars completely – they’re important! So important. And it’s not that I can’t see the forest for the trees — I just really enjoy the trees: the feel of the bark, and the way each individual leaf flutters in the breeze. I like to sit in the sun-dappled shade for awhile and enjoy its peace. And I’m so glad and appreciative that I have the freedom to do so.
Here’s my ideal mug of java, created by Etsy store owner, Star Light Clay:
“Make believe, not war!”
***Stay tuned for a book review, to be posted in the very near future! (Like, maybe even later today).