BOOKS: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Half Broke Horses + Things to do in the month of April

I’m looking forward to checking out the Singapore Biennale.
It is always good to know I have someone who could appreciate art and the quirks of life through it.
I’m thinking to check out the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) this week, but we will see about that.

Korean artist Do-Ho Suh

Writeup about the artist HERE on NYTimes.com

I’m also looking very much to watching the Lion King at the Marina BaySands.
Although I’m not sure if musical theatre is ever going to make me feel the same after listening to Andrea Bocelli and Delta Goodrem Live at the Botanical Gardens last year.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is keeping me much too entertained this week.
I love it when I go back to the old times of youth, when I get to devour books as much as I like. And enjoying every minute of it

It is a luxury of time and space for the self.

And a whole dimension for the head and mind.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Q&A with Jeannette Walls, author of Half Broke Horses by The Afterword, a National Post’s books blog.

Half Broke Horses was another romp through the pages.
The true life adventures of the a remarkable gutsy woman (Whom I would have never known except through a book) out in the West in America. Of the ups and downs and the struggles through survival. What a reminder of inner strength and the ingenuity of a woman. Sometimes what life really does needs is a HUGE dose of simplicity and a little creativity to get us going. And of course throw in the struggles to spice it up abit.
Whether we get through them and how, is a story that should be told.
Imagine, a soap opera in book. A little like ‘Giant’ (1956) the movie but not quite. Grittier, real, wittier and a love of a different kind.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Is like how I would imagine having Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Monica (American 90’s sitcom) for friends. And friends for life.
There is something so strangely endearing about these fictional characters that enables you to relate, laugh and feel with them. Whether in a book like the Potato Peel Pie bunch during and after the World War. Or the modernity of the 90’s about a bunch of people (F.R.I.E.N.D.S) who were put together to live. love and laugh in the city of New York finding themselves and living it.
The love story between Christian Hellman and Elizabeth , hearthwrenching yet beautiful at the same time.
Forbidden love. And falling in love during the onslaught of war.
Genuine, true and yet  what a classic formula that never really fails if done right.
Here’s a video of an interview with Annie Barrows on the book, which will summarize the content alot better.
I have always had a fascination about the World War. And it never really went away.
I had questioned about the source of information I have to get to relate and understand through the times.
And surprisingly, at each meeting of an experience. This time it was through a book.
What wit and little anecdotes that rips your heart.
Give a pause and think about how much life IS better today.
How lucky we have not have to go through war.
And how often and easily sometimes we forget about the ongoings on the other side of the world.
War. Both sides never really win. And the anguish and pain maybe even hate that it brings.

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Yet, the very strength of humanity and compassion.
The struggle of Good and Evil. Always in everything.
To sum this long write about books I have enjoyed lately.
Women, strong women who made a difference.
People who love.
Whether fictional or not.
The human existence and its ability to cope.
Perhaps is the very answer I have been looking for and known all along.
That sometimes, we just don’t have to know very much to appreciate. If only we open our eyes wider.
And that with all the talk about power and support.
Peace and love.
Even god.

Maybe, just living and doing our best is the greatest task of all.

Love once again, is the answer to all things.

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