march book club excerpt: they were, in fact, suspicious of the paper money that today was worth something and tomorrow might be withdrawn from circulation… printed paper that could vanish if you turned your back. they preferred coins, which at least weighed in the pocket, rang on the counter, and shone as real money should.
regarding current events: will we really get rid of the penny? it costs two and a half cents in raw materials to make a penny. based on average wages, it takes an american worker two seconds to earn a penny. but really, do you think we will get rid of the penny?
march book club excerpt: in many places people did not learn of the overthrow of the dictatorship, because, among other things, they had not known that the general was in power all those years. they lived on the periphery of current events. all ages of history co-exist in this immoderate geography. while in the capital entrepreneurs conduct business affairs by telephone with associates in other cities on the globe, there are regions in the Andes where standards of human behavior are those introduced five centuries earlier… and in some jungle villages men roam naked…like their ancestors in the stone age…
writing about current events: i bookmarked this page of eva luna and returned to it several times. the writing has a melody to me. only the great authors can write in melodies, especially in a work of fiction. although written about a time and place, decades ago, only the great authors can use the “timeless tense” as i like to think this excerpt was written in. she writes of events in the past, as current events in her fictional present and what is written is the truth of things- still relevant to (us) readers of the future.
eva luna by isabel allende was a masterpiece! it was the best book i have read in quite awhile. i recommend it to adventure seekers everywhere.