I read this one almost a year ago just because and finished it again today for my face-to-face book club meeting. I decided not to rate it this time around–but I didn’t read my previous review until just now and was surprised that I had rated it so high the first time around. My ratings tend to change over time as I continue to think about the book. I forgot what I had rated it, but if I had to guess I would have guessed a 3-3.5. After reading it again I’d say I had it right the first time and will probably remember it more fondly now. And let me reiterate how much I love Liz. I don’t always relate to her and we are incredibly different, but I simply really really like her.
I remember liking the book the first time but feeling highly uncomfortable with the whole spirituality aspect of the book (which I failed to mention in my first review–or maybe that’s the part that I just couldn’t put my finger on at the time). But this time around I was able to enjoy the book a little bit more because I knew the story and didn’t have to feel bogged down with a lot of the more technical aspects of the book (although I don’t feel that Liz is ever really preachy). Instead of going back through what I thought about the book, I thought I simply remember a few of my favorite quotes from the book that I marked this time around:
“Depression and Loneliness track me down after about ten days in Italy…They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well. We’ve been playing a cat-and-mouse game for years now. Though I admit that I am surprised to meet them in this elegant Italian garden at dusk. This is no place they belong” (47). I love this whole section, but it’s too long for me to quote.
“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair” (79). Oh yes, Liz. I completely understand!
“You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight” (115).
“…A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake…Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it” (Richard from Texas 149).
“‘So what can we do about the craziness of the world?’ (Liz) ‘Nothing.’ Ketut laughed, but with a dose of kindness. ‘This is nature of world. This is destiny. Worry about your craziness only – make you in peace'” (251).
I’ve been passed on this very lovely award first by Ramya (who designed it) and then by Dar and Bethany. I’m supposed to pass it on to three people and would love to give it back to Ramya, Dar, and Bethany–all three who completely deserve it, but I know I must keep the train going. So thank you so much, ladies, for the mention! And thank YOU for making blogging such a joy for me.
So Nymeth, Debi, and Bellezza, I’m passing this on to you–it is always such a joy to visit your blogs and also to have you visit here. All the people who I visit and who visit me make me enjoy blogging–and it’s difficult to narrow down to just three. Without all of you, blogging wouldn’t be near as fun. I had no idea that I was joining such a wonderful community of bloggers, but I’m so glad I did. Alright–goin for the Kleenex. ;)
Have you seen the nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week–I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to see myself nominated for one of the best commenters. Thank you thank you for mentioning me. Especially when I’ve been gone so much this summer and feel like I’m always behind in my commenting (after not checking my reader all weekend because I was out of town I’m into the hundreds again). This nomination means a lot–especially considering the commenters that I’m mentioned alongside!! Thank you thank you thank you!!
I was actually surprised to see a lot of blogs that I am not familiar with, but it was fun to see some friends listed among the nominees. Click HERE to see the nominations and HERE to cast your vote. You have until September 12th to do so.