Prompt Day 10: What was the best book you read in 2019? What did you like about it? #Manifest20

I like to mention here three books I did read one year ago and that made quite an impression on me.  Last year I copied some details about these books without mentioning my own opinion about any of the books. But as an introduction to the first book I wrote:

DI MORRISSEY seems to be my favourite author at the moment. The most recent book of hers that I read is: “The Winter Sea”.

Peter said, I should write something about what I felt about these books.

So, the first thing that came to mind is that in each book there are some main characters that I feel very comfortable with. And of course there are some other characters that I would not feel very comfortable with but even the more ‘bad’ characters do have a few likable features. That means the characters feel quite real to me.

In each of the three books there are some male/female relationships that are great to read about. In each book there are some rather strong female characters. But even these very strong females do like a good man a lot! Despite a number of difficulties all these females end up with simply good men –  at least for a while.

‘The Winter Sea’ novel by Di Morrissey is for the most part set into an environment that I am very familiar with. It deals with a family history that encompasses nearly one hundred years and shows what happens to immigrants to Australia that come from different backgrounds, for instance Italian and Irish.

Greg Iles is a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote BLOOD MEMORY. Cat (Catherine) Ferry is a most interesting character. It shows what may happen to a person that has been abused as a child.

Well, the third book ‘THE GOOD DAUGHTER’ by Karin Slaughter, is a very well written book too. There are actually wo daughters, both of them I see as main characters. To my mind both are ‘good’ daughters, even though they are totally different. Maybe one is more the good daughter of the father, the other one the good daughter of the mother. So which counts for more?

The following three links to my auntielive site show you some interesting details  about the three above mentioned books:

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/books-i-read-in-november-december-2018/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read-2/

A Short Summary of the three Books I read in Nov/Dec 2018

Last year I wrote about these three books on my ‘auntielive’ site.

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/summary-of-three-books/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/books-i-read-in-november-december-2018/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read/

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/continued-from-books-i-read-2/

I copy here some of my short summary about these three books. It helps me to have another look at what I wrote about these books, meaning it helps me a lot in memorising these books!

In each book there are some main characters that I feel very comfortable with. And of course there are some other characters that I would not feel very comfortable with but even the more ‘bad’ characters do have a few likable features. That means the characters feel quite real to me.

In each of the three books there are some male/female relationships that are great to read about. In each book there are some rather strong female characters. But even these very strong females do like a good man a lot! Despite a number of difficulties all these females end up with simply good men –  at least for a while.

The Winter Sea book by Di Morrissey is for the most part set into an environment that I am very familiar with, namely the South Coast of NSW, Australia.  It deals with a family history that encompasses nearly one hundred years and shows what happens to immigrants to Australia that come from different backgrounds, for instance Italian and Irish.

Greg Iles is a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote BLOOD MEMORY. Cat (Catherine) Ferry is a most interesting character. It shows what may happen to a person that has been abused as a child.

Well, the third book ‘THE GOOD DAUGHTER’ by Karin Slaughter, is a very well written book too. Two daughters are actually very main characters. To my mind they are both ‘good’ daughters even though they are totally different. Maybe one is more the good daughter of the father, the other one the good daughter of the mother. So which counts for more?

On the Way to Gundagai

https://auntielive.wordpress.com/tag/family-visit-in-benalla/

We stayed at Gundagai overnight on our way to Benalla.

We left Dapto early in the morning on Friday, the 9th of November 2018. At Moss Vale we stopped for breakfast at our favourite cafe where we always like to stop for breakfast. This time we ventured to a table in a snug little room. We could make ourselves comfortable while waiting for the ordered cooked breakfast to arrive.

After breakfast it didn’t take us long to reach the Hume Highway where Peter could drive the Audi at a very good speed of nearly always a comfortable 110 km.

By 12 o’clock we were already in Gundagai where we had booked to stay overnight.

We went for lunch at this very old bakehouse:

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We had tea and pies at an outside table.

The motel where we were staying is called GUNDAGAI MOTEL. (We stayed there again on Tuesday, the 13th, on our way back home!)

http://gundagaimotel.com.au/

https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/gundagai-motel.html#availability

 

“Nobody inherits emails and tweets!”

Nobody inherits emails and tweets!”

This is what Wally says in Di Morrissey’s novel that I talked about yesterday in my blog:

https://auntyuta.com/2018/01/26/the-red-coast/

So, I think Wally raised the point that what is written down as a family history, can be passed on to future generations.

Wally says there is a chance that someone might find the written down family history sometime in the future and become interested in it. But something like this is not going to happen with emails or tweets. And I think this statement is correct!

This statement makes me feel good since for the past few years I tried over and over again to write down as much about my family history as I could remember. According to Wally I seem to have done the right thing writing down whatever I could. There is just one thing, I am still far behind in copying everything onto paper. To my mind it is much safer to leave everything on paper besides having it in the computer. So far having my writing in the computer seems to be more or less safe. However, I am not so sure that safety is guaranteed for all eternity! It should really be one of my priorities to copy my writing onto paper. Why do I find it so hard to persevere with this? Many distractions. perhaps? The distractions seem to be never ending. I make excuses every day why I cannot do certain things. With advancing age there are days when I find it difficult, to continue reading interesting articles in the media or in WordPress. This dreadful lethargy makes me just play games on the computer. At least, usually I am still capable of getting good results when I play these games. I stick to three different games only. I am not interested in finding any more games to play on the computer. These three games, that I keep playing, I find to be enough entertainment. I do not want to get bogged down with any more games!

My three games on the computer are:

  • Free Cell
  • Spider Solitaire
  • Solitaire

Today, after a break of two weeks, we finally managed to do some house cleaning again. I was happy to be able to share in the task, and I was also very happy when after a couple of hours or so I had the feeling that now the house was reasonably clean again.

The next thing on the list was travelling to Warrawong for a bit of shopping. Peter was not very happy when I suggested a tea-break. Bunnings, the huge hardware store, where we managed to get a few things that we had been looking for, well, this hardware store was not air-conditioned. It was very hot and humid outside. The hot humid air was allowed to fill the store through the open doors. I think a few fans were blowing in the shop. It was not disastrously hot, but the humid air made it extremely uncomfortable. I usually do not like a lot of air-conditioning, but when the hot air is so very humid, then I am really grateful for a bit of air-conditioning. Our next stop was the huge Warrawong Shopping Centre, and this place was cool.

This is when I suggested our tea-break. It took a while to talk Peter into it. When Peter goes shopping by himself he never stops for tea or coffee. And very reluctantly he agreed to have this tea-break with me.

 

Today was the day after Australia Day. The coffee/tea shop in the shopping centre still had some Australian flags on display.

One week ago, on Saturday, we had our lunch meeting with the future in-laws. The wedding of Caroline and Matthew is going to take place in three weeks time, namely on the 17th of February 2018. This is the day when twelve years ago Caroline and Matthew met for the first time!

 

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Conflict Resolution – The Psychology of Conflict

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Peter Hartcher

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-one-bright-spot-amid-the-worlds-problems-20171023-gz67gh.html

I found the following about Sharia law:

” . . . an international group of psychologists interviewed some 80 men who had fought with or lived under Daesh and published their conclusions last month in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.Daesh, they said, “has imbued a generation of young Sunni Arabs with a strict belief in Sharia law as the only way to govern society; and this is a value they are willing to fight and die for. They described strict Sharia as the only way to eliminate oppression and corruption, and many believe that ISIS’s foreign fighters truly fought for this.” Unless governments can show their people a better way to wipe out oppression and corruption, the appeal of Islamist extremism will live on.”

To my mind the key words were “oppression  and corruption”.  I googled these two words and ended up reading this article:

http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/oppression-power

“Overcoming Oppression with Power” was the heading. It was interesting what was said about Nelson Mandela’s  strategies. Some very interesting, mind boggling details were mentioned. The article was written by Morton Deutsch.  Here is what it says about Morton Deutsch’s work in the field of conflict resolution.

http://www.beyondintractability.org/contributors/morton-deutsch

“Morton Deutsch is one of the founding fathers of the field of conflict resolution, specializing in the psychology of conflict. Currently Professor Deutsch is the E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He founded and is still active in Columbia’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He is the author of countless articles and books, including the 1973 Resolution of Conflict, which is still in use today.”

All this shows me that in academia people know so much about such subjects like “oppression and corruption” as well as conflict resolutions.

Why is it that most people are not much aware of that knowledge? Should not at least the people in power be made aware of all that knowledge?

Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’

 

I googled today some reviews of this book.
The links to the two reviews at the top I publish to show how much two reviews about the same book can actually differ.

My thoughts on reading this book:

I am now more than halfway through Jonathan Franzen’s “Purity”.
I would agree that for me this book is not all that easy one to read. There are pages with a lot of information which at times I find rather difficult to digest and remember. However I can sense that all the information provided shows a lot about our modern world and how people in it are affected. Other sections in the book are very easy to read and show, how complicated ordinary lives can become in our modern world. I like being able to read parts of the book for a few hours in one go. Making it possible to read for an extended time, the book seems to be getting more and more interesting. I can’t wait to find out more about its characters!

Uta’s Diary, Tuesday, 12th April 2016

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/abc-qa-germaine-greer-slams-claim-extreme-jealousy-causes-domestic-violence-20160412-go3xri.html

This link is about last night’s Q&A program. This program is on late at night, a bit too late for Peter and myself.  We decided we’re going to watch it  today. Luckily Peter could record this program.

I am very much looking forward to watch it, especially with Germaine Greer in the panel. Apparently there is some talk about domestic violence. For sure, there would have to be said a lot about this subject!

 

Heads or Tails: Being a Winner in the Blended Australian FamilyKindle Edition

Kindle Edition

Here follows what Kindle says about this novel:

“Novel about a young koori man finding his identity in the emerging multiculturalism of Australia in the 1980s. The storyline focuses on a fictitious young koori policeman, James Finley (Fin). A born leader, Fin tries to help a man wrongly imprisoned. Anger at injustice threatens to devour him in the case and in his unusual personal life. He battles with finding his place in the early multiculturalism of Australia during the 1980s, when many want to use him for their own purposes. Fin finds he has to personally change to succeed in relationships and learns that the road to reconciliation is not as straightforward as many tell him it is, but he believes he can discover success and happiness – on his own terms – and has to learn to play by the rules in the pursuit of justice.”

I have read this novel on KindleI would like to have the paperback. However it seems not to be available any more. This novel was dealing with very interesting subjects. What is said about Fin in the above write up says it very well: This young koori man “has to learn to play by the rules in the pursuit of justice.”  

This novel is of course fictional. But I would like very much that more people in our society were concerned about the pursuit of justice. This koori policeman is a good example how multiculturalism can work in our society. The book shows how it can be quite a struggle for some people to find out about themselves and where they fit in. This does not only apply to indigenous people but also to migrants from different cultures.

Last but not least, here is a link to a blog with some excellent photos about cooking:

https://42weimar42.wordpress.com/