Tag Archives: Novels

The Lateness of Lawrence Selden

How do you know when it is time to tell someone how you really feel about them? What is the reason for not saying something important?

He lived in a society where he was not quite on the outside of those with money, power and prestige, but he was also not on the inside either. Lawrence Selden, from the House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was  a man who knew how to move within that type of society that he found himself in; one which he did not like but still wanted to be a part of.

Not perfect, opinionated and “judgmental”, he had common sense; he knew what he wanted. In one case, the major one of them all, he took too long to decide, and in the end, lost the woman he loved to death.

“Nine o’clock was an early hour for a visit, but Selden had passed beyond all such conventional observances. He only knew that he must see Lily Bart at once–he had found the word he meant to say to her, and it could not wait another moment to be said. It was strange that it had not come to his lips sooner–that he had let her pass from him the evening before without being able to speak it. But what did that matter, now that a new day had come? It was not a word for twilight, but for the morning.” from Book 2, chapter 14of The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Reading this book should open the eyes of those who believe that being rich mean having an easy life. That having money solve all problems, including the ones that they wish to deny. And if you love someone, and you know that they love you in return, let them know and be there for him/her when he/she needs you the most.

Eric Stolz was indeed Mr. Selden.

Aragorn went from A to Z

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” from Book 1, Strider, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

In order to obtain something, we must work hard and have perseverance. We must also believe in ourselves, although at times we might not. Aragorn wanted to obtain something; he had to work hard, have perseverance and believe in himself and the outcome of the situations around him. Sometimes he did not.

But he had to travel from point A to Z in order to be king, in order to marry the woman he loved, Arwen, and to be the protector along with others in the process of getting rid of a ring so powerful. He also had to do battle with people set out to do evil. Pressure, he felt it. Loyalty, he got it. Anger, he knew. In the end, the one indeed that was crownless became king.

Mr. Tolkien’s novel is filled with wonders and fascination. It is so interesting and marvelous that one man’s imagination brought about a book that was wonderful to read. I saw the movies first but did not like them. I read the book, re-watched the movies and I loved them. Viggo Mortensen played Aragorn well.

Do you have what it takes to accomplish what you want?

“The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out practically all references to anything like ‘religion’ to ‘cults or practices’, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.” J. R. R. Tolkien in Letter No. 142

The Resurrection of Sydney Carton

What does life mean to you? In life a functioning drunkard that had a spot in his heart for a woman who did not return his love. For Sydney Carton, life was just there, that is until he found a purpose; he found what it meant to be just alive.

I remember as a kid watching A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and at the end of it, I cried. Last year I read the book, but at the end I did not cry. I watched it again; a different version with Chris Sarandon and still did not cry. Why? I guess the meaning of who and what he was was put into perspective for me. He got what he wanted, did he not? A chance to do something of substance. He gave up his life for another man. You know, just like Jesus gave up his life for us.

This novel with its sadness, anger, pain, greed, revenge, murder, death and hurt was written beautifully with its inclusions of joy, hope, love and new beginnings. It is a book that is emotionally draining.

“It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” from Book 3,  chapter 15, The Footsteps Die Out Forever, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .”

Is there more bad than good in the world or, is the good being overshadowed by the bad?