Ammonites and Leaping Fish

by Penelope Lively | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780241966983 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Random-Poet of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 5/12/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by Random-Poet from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, May 12, 2016
This is a memoir about ageing from one of the UK's best loved novelists. In this book, Penelope Lively muses on the ageing process, memory, the importance of reading and the historical times she has lived through. She also takes six objects from her home and uses them to muse on topics that mean a lot to her.

The first item she chooses is a pair of duck kettle holders that she bought in Maine. She uses them as a starting point to muse about her birdwatching experiences - she claims to not be a particularly competent birdwatcher, but she seems to know far more than the average person in the street! She also briefly muses about what is it that attracts so many people to birds.

Next she looks at a rock she has that contains two ammonites. From this she thinks about the wealth of prehistoric life and the human need to name and categorise things:

"The world and its life are the abiding delight and fascination, and to savour them to the full you want to have things labelled, named, classified: a tree is not just a tree, it is a particular tree or you are only enjoying it as an agreeable sight."

This an excellent, insightful (though sometimes rambling) meditation on ageing and what life means as you grow older. Well worth reading.

Journal Entry 2 by Random-Poet at Canongate Books OBCZ in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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