MOTIVATION for READING: I was under the impression that Sarah Vowell was about 70+ years old – not sure where I got that impression nor why it is relevant, but when I saw the clip that Kim posted on her review of this book, I knew I had to find and read. She’s FUNNY! I bought it when I saw it on the BOGOHO table at Borders.
I enjoyed this very much. I found Sarah Vowell’s thoughts on the characters who first settled the Boston area quite entertaining. I learned a lot, too. I like history when it is interesting, relatable and informative. I will definitely read more of her books.
I guess I should explain that this is a book about America’s first organized settlers of New England. But it’s more than that. Kim calls it pop history. It’s got religion, government, philosophy and character studies… It is not dull.
I am so out of words these days, it seems; so I will end this embarrassingly short ‘review‘ with the quote on the cover by the Washington Post:
“Vowell’s funny, imaginative take on musty, buckled-up Pilgrim notables brings the era wickedly to life.”
FINAL THOUGHTS: I think I appreciate it when I realize that no time in history was there every a glory period anywhere that life was super-dooper. I suppose, (ah great, I’m starting to wax poetic in some ill-thought philosophy crap way) that as I get all melancholy that life sucks and the world is a freakin’ mess, that really? it always has been and there is no reason not to approach it (life) with a sense of humor and an attempt to do and be your best and look to the sunshine. I’ve not been feeling very optimistic about anything lately… So thank you Sarah Vowell for taking me on a journey back into time and on travel a trip through my parts of New England; for giving me a bit of perspective and for teaching me about some people I knew little about. (In no way do I mean to say that I found any affirming inspiration per any specific person in this book. just sayin’. But maybe perseverance?)
I didn’t read this for any challenge but the last chapter introduces the reader to Anne Hutchinson and now I want to know even more about her. Perhaps a good bio would be an excellent choice for the Women Unbound Challenge. (like I need any more recommendations for that?!)
Oh – (refer to Kim’s review to get this…) I forgot to even notice that there were or were not chapters to the book. SO I guess it didn’t bother me, huh Kim? 🙂