Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just Not For Me

At Season's End by Eric Herndershot
Adolescent Girl

It was a very sweet book, a very safe book-a book you could give to a young daughter without any fear of there being something questionable or inappropriate in it.  It was squeaky clean!  And yet, I found the book to be a little old-fashioned for my taste.  Not that I'm a wild child by any means, but the author's religious affiliation of Latter Day Saintliness really shone through and put me off the book.

Sal and her family are migrant farm workers and are very desperately poor but are happy to be together.  They encounter terrible tragedies, both poverty-driven and other, but the promise of the love of another migrant farm worker pulls Sal through it all.

I did enjoy the setting and time period the book.  The details and speech were very realistic and the scenes and images of migrant farm families during the Depression were heartbreaking.  Otherwise, just an empty read with no real meat for me.

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