Pay It Forward
9 journalers for this copy...
PS So much better than the film!
1. When you receive the book please journal it to let everyone else know how far it has got.
2. PM the next person on the list for their address, ready for when you finish the book.
3. After you've read it please journal again with your comments and let us know that you've posted it on.
4. Last on the list to receive the book should pm/email me for my address so that it can be posted back to me when the person has finished it.
yowlyy (Nottingham, England)
chrisim (Pirkanmaa, Finland)
Surfenkitten (NJ, US)
Gina Robertson "firstname.lastname@example.org" (Texas, US)
CynthiaA (Ontario, Canada)<---------
lauraloo29 (Edmonton, Canada)
bunnybee (Texas, US)
janette141 (Glasgow, Scotland))
........... and then back to me please
Released 14 yrs ago (9/28/2004 UTC) at
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This book is going out as a Bookring. First on the list is yowlyy. Happy Reading!!
Thanks to FiBe for starting this bookring... another author that I have discovered thanks to the kindness of the BookCrossing community :-)
I have the book now ready to depart, however chrisim, who is now in the middle of her house move, asked me to mail the book so that it will be reaching her no earlier than on the 1st of November in her new home. I hope this is ok for all :-)
I am mailing the book next to Surfenkitten: happy reading!
even so, of course i absolutely love the premise! and in that respect, i love the book because it went so much further into the "chain" than the film seemed to....it showed how the "movement" spread throughout the world. unfortunately it got a little sappy toward the end, where some people almost "expected" good things to happen to them. it seems trevor's original idea of a "really big thing" turned into smaller, little things. but i guess as long as people are doing good for each other, who can complain! as for the book itself again, i liked how it was much more racially integrated than in the film. and for the most part, the wry writing style made me laugh, although in some places the writing seemed to be thin and almost hurried.
i've come up with 1 "really big thing" that i can do, for someone in particular....since seeing the film about 4 years ago, that is! but the book gave me more ideas.... i think though, that some really big things are done more on the spur of the moment.
enough philosophizing! on to Gina!
sorry about that! guess i better check the TBR pile at least once a week!
Another problem was when the character's voice was not true to the journalistic format. For instance, we're supposedly reading exerpts from a book about the Movement, sections narrated by the characters talking about what happened. But these sections include way more personal detail than they would if they were part of a journalist's book about the nationwide movment. From Reuben and Arlene we get intimate details about their lover's angst: how she felt when he didn't call her, how scared he was of his emotions for her, how he wanted to call her, how she wanted to drive by his house, etc. etc. These details would have been perfect in a traditional novel narration, but they stood out like a sore thumb in the journalistic format.
There's a short segment in the middle of the book narrated by a young transvestite who winds up being tragically important to the story. But at the time we encounter his piece in the middle of the book, we have no clue who this guy is or why he's telling us about his flamboyant cross-dressing lifestyle. I can't think of a reason why I need to know about this in the middle of the book, it adds nothing to the story and only distracts.
I'm not sure if I am critical of this book because I loved the movie so much or if I would have been more critical of the book had I not seen the way the story should have been told, on the screen. At any rate, I appreciate the chance to finally read this, and now ready to pay it forward to the next reader in line.
I emailed Aisling78 twice. If I don't hear something within a few days I'll move to the next name on the list.
Released 14 yrs ago (3/11/2005 UTC) at
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No response from Aisling or Egs, so shipped off to Cynthia today. Enjoy, ay!
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Sent to Lauraloo today..
I do have to read a couple of books before I start this one. Not to worry. I will keep it moving. Thank you!
Thanks, FiBe for the bookring!
Update: started on this 5/4
Anyway, I love the concept of "Paying it forward" although I tend to be a skeptic in people actually following through on such a concept. I think there are too many out there who would take advantage of it rather than feel it's their responsibility to honor the movement and keep it going. It's sad that I view the world that way, but for me personally, I would keep it going. My favorite thing to do that comes close to this movement- is to pay for the car behind me when I am at a fast food drive-thru. I love seeing the smiles and excited looks from the employee in the window, as well as seeing the person's reaction in my rear-view mirror. It gives me a rush that always brightens my day.
Will be mailing it off today to Glasgow.
I'll also be doing the JE when she's finished it - I'm her daughter :)
This was a most unusual book - but quite attention-grabbing. Although it
was a work of fiction, it would be very nice if it could be real!!