27 August 2010
Book Review: Thumbing Through Thoreau
My annotations are not intellectual, well thought-out, or particularly well written; they are just the phrase or question that popped into my head while reading a quotation. Some examples:
Thoreau: The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
My note: Pink Floyd
Thoreau: If it were not for death and funerals, I think the institution of the church would stand no longer.
My note: a definite possibility, except that humans seem to need greater meaning...perhaps we wouldn't without death.
Thoreau: Be not simply good; be good for something.
My note: The point where so many fall short.
Thoreau: It is only a reflecting mind that sees reflections.
My note: Why did Donnie Darko just pop into my head?
Thoreau: We are one virtue, one truth, one beauty.
My note: Sounds like a Black Eyed Peas song.
Thoreau: Love and lust are as far asunder as a flower-garden is from a brothel.
My note: YA lit would do well to learn this.
Thoreau: ...not till we are lost do we begin to realize where we are..
My note: sad but true; I found my vocation when I realized I had absolutely no idea what job to get and decided to teach part-time until I found one
About half-way through the book I had an idea: Wouldn't it be neat to pass this "book" along to others, let them annotate in it as well, and then get the book back? So that's what I did along with nine other bloggers: Emily from The Alcove, Jill from Rhapsody in Books, Jill from Fizzy Thoughts, Christina from Reading Thru The Night, Stephanie from Laughing Stars, Heather from Age 30+...A Lifetime of Reading, Sheila from Book Journey, Care from Care's Online Book Club, and Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.
I can't wait to see what these wonderful readers and bloggers add to the book, and whenever it comes back to me - which will probably be months from now - I hope to share it all with you!
Until then, go out and grab your own copy!