“Reading enlarges my vision of the world; it helps me understand
someone who is different from me. It makes me bigger on the inside.
We tend to see the world from our own perspective;
it is good to see it from the eyes of others.”
Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child’s Heart.
This is a great explanation of the purpose of our book club. It’s also the reason we choose a book of short stories for this month. Broadening our Horizons. Seeing the world from the eyes of someone else.
None of us are men, none of us have just lived through WWII, and none of us are from England. (that I know of) All of these factors made this book a bit of a challenge for me.
I’ve heard short stories described as “delicious bites of reading for busy people.” I’m so used to reading novels, full of detail and developed characters. This gave me a new taste of a completely different writing style. (I did take a Short Story class back in college, but that’s been some years ago now.) The many cultural and linguistic differences, did make this less of a favorite for a few.
I did find a few “delicious bites ” quite humorous…
The Long Way Down – flippity, flippity flippity. Finding amusement in the small things. Living on the 5th floor is, oh, so much better than a lower level!
Enter Bingo – Oh, the process of naming a dog properly!
Sisterly Assistance – Not being understood is frustrating when it happens to me, hilarious when it happens to someone else!
The Obvious and A Warm Half Hour – husbands think and do things not.like.wives. 🙂
These all came from the section entitled “Home Notes,” a favorite section of the five of us who made it on Monday night. I really enjoyed the small size of our meeting. We even did some reading aloud! Don’t you just love being read to!
In the end I think some would much rather read Milne’s classic Winnie The Pooh stories, but for now I think this book will stay in my collection.
If you were one of those who will not be keeping the book in your collection… maybe you’ve already disposed of it in your choice fashion… good! There are WAY TOO MANY books in the world to finish reading one that you don’t want to! 🙂