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A Book, A Video, A Diamond

I finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A great read, for the first 3/4. Then it seemed like the author wanted to finish with the story, and what had previously unfolded slowly and with great depth rapid-fired through the years. Francie's childhood moves slowly, languidly, and then bam, adolescence. This is probably accurate to how we often feel, but I just had trouble buying some of the character development (and characters who didn't really get developed) towards the end. So I'd give it 3.5/5.

As a sidenote, I loved the description of Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century, and the discovery that it was Thanksgiving not Halloween that had children dressed up with masks and collecting candy. Who woulda thunk?

A friend mentioned Return of the King in an email to me today. Without fail, I immediately think of this scene from the special features on the extended DVD:

"I saw stars...and I think, I think I fell in love. For a split second. And then, I felt a bit sick."

Finally, in case you can't decide between cremation and burial, you should definitely just make your loved one into a diamond instead.


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