Book Menage Day 3: Exclusively Bissell.
22 July 2009
I'd like to start off Day 3 by saying that I realized as I re-read The Father of All Things that it was really quite a meaty book, and kind of a tough one to read quickly. It is most emphatically not what one would think of as either a "beach read" or "summer read." But I'd like to thank you for giving it a try all the same.
So here are my questions for you about this book. Feel free to answer any or all; likewise, if you'd like to answer yesterday's questions for this book, that's fine by me too. As you know, "Loosey Goosey" is one of the few operating principles we follow here at CR.
1. What do you think of the structure of this book? If you had to give it one label (e.g., History, Memoir, Travel, War, etc.) which one would you choose, and why?
2. Was this book what you expected it to be? Why or why not?
3. At one point Bissell quotes his father, who suggests that "war is an illness caused by youth" (which is also used by Bissell as a heading for one of his book's sections). What do you think that means? Do you agree with that statement, or not?
Okay, please do have at. I know I say this every time, but I think this is the Menage I'm enjoying the most, so far. Thank you!
Tomorrow: The Power of Memory