Saturday, January 22, 2011

Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger is a very well written, poetic book about the Land Family and the miracles experienced by the touch of their father to bring about a miraculous end as the family searches for their outlawed brother. Here is a quote from the book:
"Let me say something about that word: miracle. For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal. Peeping chicks at Easter time, spring generally, a clear sunrise after an overcast week--a miracle, people say, as if they've been educated from greeting cards. I'm sorry, but nope. Such things are worth our notice every day of the week, but to call them miracles evaporates the strength of the word....Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature...A miracle contradicts the will of the earth."
I had a hard time getting into this book, it was a little slow and the author goes off on a lot of tangents, but overall it was a good read.


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