The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, the movie, not the song or the remake of the song, has a scene in it, with a line in it, that I have often quoted and always loved.
Travis: And I asked the Lord, "Lord, why have you forsaken me?". But there was silence. So , I asked again, "Lord, WHY have you forsaken me?", and there was silence. So I asked again, "LORD, WHY have you forsaken me?"... and this great booming voice said "Geez, I don't know Travis, I guess something about you just chaps at my ass."
I am thinking that Louise feels that way. Jacob Have I Loved is a book I read a long time ago by the most amazing, Katherine Paterson.
Having a sister must be very hard. It is really hard for Louise who always feels out shined by her twin. There were so many times in this book that I spoke aloud, "What?!" or "No way!"
I was just thinking, I wonder what the book would have been like if told from the POV of Caroline. I bet someone has asked Paterson that. I have to investigate!
I investigated, but I didn't find anything. But I didn't look too hard. I just think that would be a neat thing to find out.
The book takes place on the fictional island of Rass in the Chesapeake Bay. Louise and Caroline are 14 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, that's about when the story begins, and the story finishes when both are grown women. Though the main details are mostly about their growing up years.
This is a good, good, beautiful story. But can anything else be expected from Paterson, who is just magic with words.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.