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Book Review - Livin' the Good Life

Sep. 11th, 2009

06:06 pm - Book Review

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Just finished reading another novel: CHRISTY by Catherine Marshall. I highly recommend it to women with a romantic streak. It's the story of a nineteen year old girl in 1912 who goes to live in the hills of Tennessee as a mission-school teacher to the illiterate, poverty-stricken "hillbillies" of Appalachia. The book was supposedly well-researched, and I learned so much about the culture of those people: their often-bloody family feuds, their stubborn, proud, independent ways, their fascinating dialects, their resourcefulness, the extreme extent of their poverty, and their all-pervading superstitions. The book had just a touch of romance. There was an ever-present questioning of faith, or lack of it, what it means, and how to apply it in real, gritty life. One of the central characters was a devout Quaker. Another was an atheist. Another, a fear and damnation preacher. Christy grappled with her faith throughout the book as she experienced murders, plagues, abject poverty, fires, crime, and betrayal. It's all there in this story. It was a can't-put-it-down kind of book, and I really hated to see it end. I'd try to read just a little bit at a time so it would last longer. And as it got near the end, I started fretting that things were never going to get resolved. But, they did, just in the nick of time! Years ago, there was a TV series about the book that only lasted two seasons, evidently. Maya and I have been making our way through the series on Netflicks. It's really good, with excellent acting and I'm finding it fairly true to the book. They played the main characters perfectly! Now that I've finished the book, I will resist telling Maya how it all turns out. All I will say is that it left tears in my eyes.