[ Pdf Torch Þ sword-and-planet PDF ] by Cheryl Strayed Þ i m kind of moved to see so many people review this now that cheryl strayed has finally told us she is sugar of the rumpus she came out on valentine s day, 2012 sugar is so much loved, so much justly loved, that her readers are flocking to her books and her articles to read by her.
if you have followed sugar s advice columns and they are NOT ordinary advice columns they are masterpieces of wisdom, wit, beauty, and life this book won t entirely surprise you it belongs with the same philosophy of hard knocks sugar embraces though she s also much in her columns sugar is much warmer and positive than she is here, but this was written some time ago, and this is her life, and she is entitled to as much bitterness as she wants to put on the page there is this 2002 article in The Sun Magazine that covers the same emotional and historical territory cheryl strayed covers here i s Sometimes a book becomes than a bookfor me, usually it is a book of poetry, or a poem in particular, something to hang on to when things are not going well You know those days weeks God help you if it s months, when things just falling badly like dominos, one falling brick after another, until you are wondering if there is an ancient gypsy curse on your family or what This has been my March A friend had recommended awhile ago that I read an essay in The Sun by Cheryl Strayed which led to me getting her book, this book From the opening line She ached I was drawn in to the lives of these characters, vibrating with so much life that at the book s close, I feel I know them, that I will refer to them in my memory as people I have cared for I am a very speedy reader when I want to be, but I delayed this book, held its pages at bay, to help me walk
It s not often that I don t finish a book I fell in love with Cheryl Strayed after reading Wild and Dear Sugar, so I was looking forward to consuming everything I could get my hands on It s clear, though, that Torch isn t what made her for a reason There is nothing wrong with the book, it just isn t very compelling After reading the other books and being familiar with Strayed s story, I can t help but think of this as of a therapeutic writing project for her to explore her feelings about her mother s death than a story that we are all to share Maybe if I had never read the other books, maybe if I didn t know it was the same author, maybe then I would like it But for now, I m admitting defeat and putting this one down.
I confess that when I first picked up this book, I had no intention of bringing it home with me Who wants to read about death and its terrible aftermath loss, grief, anger As it turns out I did.
From the very first sentence, I was hooked I read the second sentence, and third and fourth, until I realized that I would rather be reading it at home than standing in an aisle As soon as I got home I opened the book and read it non stop for two days I devoured every single word.
What is amazing about this book is the way you are drawn into the lives of the characters They were entirely convincing, to the point where I could not imagine they were not real Their conversations, thoughts, actions were so natural I felt I knew them Maybe I do know them, because all of the characters in this novel are us in all of our emotional complexity Whatever I picked up Torch from the library because I loved loved loved Wild, Cheryl Strayed s memoir of her trek along the Pacific Coast Trail I identified with her I liked her style, I liked her writing, and I loved her story When I found out that she d published a work of fiction some seven years ago, I couldn t resist I might should have resisted.
It s not so much that this is a bad book, but this is a very thinly veiled memoir of what actually happened to Strayed, much of which you will already know if you ve read Wild previously So, I knew the story, but not all the details I decided to persevere with the book anyway, because I had faith in Strayed s storytelling ability I knew the book would be sad I knew it would make me cry I didn t know it would also make me angry I actually threw the b I always think of Anne Carson s preface to Euripides when I think about grief Why does tragedy exist Because you are full of rage Why are you full of rage Because you are full of grief This kept coming up for me throughout Torch I found myself watching the writing and reading the book as though a close friend had written it the writing felt very familiar, as though I read it weekly, as though I stamped some particular turns of phrase into my memory and it reminded me that if I start writing again I have to become each one of my characters in order for them to be human I think the best kind of reader and the best kind of writing allow for a two way mirror More than anything, this reminded me of that.
In the end, what I will keep with me is the relationship between Joshua and Claire When I closed the book, I got that deep me too feeling and knew
Actually, as the book went on it got better The story did event