Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Sunflower Forest

As I've mentioned before, I've been revisting the books of Torey Hayden (and discovering new ones, too, as it's been 10 or 12 years since I've read anything of hers). She even has a website now. I few weeks ago I read on the site how The Sunflower Forest was no longer in print in English. I immediately yearned for the book. I had read it once, maybe 16 or 17 years ago, but I never owned it. Now I had to have it. It was her first novel (most of her books are factual). Last week I found one on an internet auction, in England, and paid a ridiculous amount of money for it. I began reading it as soon as I got it. I've been reading it every day.

But I'd forgotten. I'd forgotten the horrible tragedy that happens somewhere past the half-way point of the book, until I just read it again tonight. And, oh, how it made me cry! I kept reading. I wanted to get the book finshed and over with now. But I had to stop, because it was just too much for one day. I'll have to take it up again tomorrow. I definately want to finish it, but, yikes, it's going to be hard to get through.

After I finish it this time, I will definately keep the book. But maybe I'll wait another 15 years or so to read it again.


Helen said...

Glad you could find it! I miss some of the books I rad as a child, not sure if I kept them or not.

Meghan said...

Let me tell you about balling my eyes out. The article below was from yesterday's Los Angeles Times. I cried all the way through it... and for about an hour after I was finished.

Grief, Gratitude and Baby Lee

Don't read it unless you have a full box of tissues.

Or, perhaps my emotional catharsis was made worse by my mad preggy hormones ;]