Pay It Forward
30 journalers for this copy...
Mailed to biba89 (Sorry it went out so late!)I hope you enjoy it:)
I will submit another entry when I have finished it.
Anyway, I find the book very well written and the idea thrilling. I am just wondering, what is keeping us to follow up on this idea? I know I am trying to do my bit, spreading out random kindness as I go, and meeting lots of it along the way. This is the only way we can make this world a better place. It is just encouraging to read about kindness, people showing a bigger heart than they thought they had. Let's share these stories!
With love I send this book to the next reader.
In fact, I made this into a bookring.
Look at my profile to find the list of people who wanted to join. It keeps on getting longer!
In fact, this is what it looks like now:
yvonnep - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
dutch-flybaby - Ede, The Netherlands
riroti - Delft, The Netherlands
MaaikeB - Zeist, the Netherlands
Riemke - Enschede, the Netherlands
tara-K - Oegstgeest, the Netherlands
nefertete - Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
Botje - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tinybear - the Netherlands
and back to me.
In the mail to the first one of this Bookring. Enjoy and do take it at heart, if you can!
'FROM THE PROLOGUE TO PAY IT FORWARD
I can tell you how it all started.
It started with a teacher who moved to Atascadero, California, to teach social studies to junior high school students. A teacher nobody knew very well, because they couldn't get past his face. Because it was hard to look at his face.
It started with a boy who didn't seem all that remarkable on the outside, but who could see past his teacher's face.
It started with an assignment that this teacher had given out a hundred times before, with no startling results. But that assignment in the hands of that boy caused a seed to be planted, and after that nothing in the world would ever be the same. Nor would anyone want it to be.
And I can tell you what it became. In fact, I'll tell you a story that will help you understand how big it grew.'
It sounds promising... After I finish reading my current (dutch) book, I'll read this one.
The concept of 'paying it forward' I can relate to. I have experienced that when you give, you will also receive (not necessarily from the same source you gave to). The first part of the story was well written, realistic and with enough detail to connect to it. I liked the lovestory between Trevor's mother and his teacher. The end of the story didn't feel right to me; it felt hastily written and totally out of proportion (a visit to the president...., come on!).
I rate the book an 8 for the first part and for the subject of the story. Let's see who's next on the list.
19-12-2003: The book is all wrapped up and ready to send to Riroti (hopefully today).
I mailed the book today but put it in the local mailslot instead of the other one! So it may take an extra day to arrive at Riroti's.
The book travels on to Riemke/Elefteria.
ah, it was Biba who started the ring, well, that makes me more interested, because so far I enjoyed the books she ringed :-)
some details maybe were a bit too dramatic, but on the whole, it was a good story. Read it on and on and on... till it was finished.
Give toe book to 1972Galadriel this sunday on the meeting in Nijmegen, so she can hand it over to Plinius.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
give the book to Gala, to give it to Plinius. but maybe she wants to read it first, just like Erna did when she was supposed to give it to me :-)
A lot of the things we do come very close to the idea of paying forward. We help neighbours, find homes for stray animals, help to raise the next generation and so on. Bookcrossing is also close to PIF, and the effect is of course the same: barriers go down and we grow out of our fears and defences.
Waving to you all; Hello, have a nice day!
The book was fantastic!! I read the inside cover of the book and had to read it before I finished the other book. When I finished the book yesterday, I went out and rented the movie even though I've heard such negative reviews of it. I would have to add my negative views to the movie as well. It doesn't do the book justice at all. I certainly hope that anyone who only saw the movie will read the book and find out the whole story.
I'm contacting nefertete for her address to send the book on to the next reader.
Now traveling again on its long journey..to Botje!
So, finally it reached me. Strange to realise that this very book once was on a shelf somewhere in Missouri, and now has been read by so many people! (okay, must admit that it looks a little battered, but just a little)
I'm looking forward to read it. Already saw the movie, but that's a long time ago now and from reading previous entries I take it that the book is a lot better!
Will start reading as soon as I've finished 'The Chronicles of Narnia' (which is also a great book by the way).
So I already finished it today, and again I found it an amazing story. The book indeed is better than the movie, especially because the story in the book is bigger. But since this is a BOOKcrossers-site, and not a filmcrossers-site, let's stick to the book. And the book gets you even more in the mood to do Good Deeds.
I also like the thought of sending this book forward, and in a way sending the general thought and karma forward. What a great idea biba89!
So now I'm going to get the address of the next one on the list, and going to send it soon.
Have all the time in the world right now to read so it's very very welcome ;-)
The whole concept of paying forward is fantastic, in my own way I'm always trying to do good...just give a smile or lend out a little helping hand...for nothing...to make somebody's day a bit better...and in some ways you'll allways get something back from an unexpected corner. I think if we all try do do those little things, the whole world will become better & stay that way.
I think the next on the list is Kriskras, so a PM will be sent for the address...
Mayti let me know that she's not in the right mood for English books, so I'll send it on to Violoncellix asap.
A quote from the diary of the 12 year old hero Trevor, whose mom and teacher seem to fall in love but are having some difficulties:
I have no idea what happened between Reuben and Mom. Must have been really weird, though. Because every time I see Reuben he says, "So. Trevor. How´s your mom?"
And then he says, "So, Does she ever ask about me?"
Ask what? I´m thinking. But it is usually better not to mix into these things.
Then I get home and Mom says, "Ever see Reuben?" And I say yeah, I see him all the time. And she says, "So. Does he ever talk about me?"
Sometimes I want to yell at them both. I want to say, "Just talk to each other! It's not that hard! I mean, it´s not brain surgery, guys!"
But grown-ups hate it when you talk to them like that.
The storyline is nice and the author is able to get all the characters come alive. I also like it that she uses imperfect ordinary people although they most become almost saintlike in the end.
The idea she presents "paying it forward" is thrilling to think about (that's what I did in my blog, which I posted under this message). I only had doubts about the end of the book. To much drama. I would say: a very American way of ending a novel: big. Still, I´m glad that I was able to read the book (thank you biba98). There is someone who I think would very much want to read it as well, so before sending it to the next person on the list (is that really you again biba98?), I will ask her.
Paying it forward; another form of reciprocity
I’m at this very moment engrossed in finding out more about the concept of solidarity. Important studies that made a contribution on thinking about solidarity where those from the anthropologists Malinowski and Maus on gift-exchange. They show that the exchanging of gifts (investing time, money, care etc.) is an important fundament of society. Bonds between people, apart from those who are next of kin, exist because we expect something back when we invest in a person. The basis rule for this reciprocity is “You have to help and you cannot harm someone who has helped you” (De Swaan, 1996). But for a bond to develop people need the possibility of meeting the other more then once: how else can you be paid back? This then, is the problem among strangers.
I found an answer to the question of reciprocity among strangers in my mail yesterday. I received a package with a book inside from a bookcrosser.* The book is called Pay it forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and I read it, literally, in one go. Her main character, Trevor, answered the question with: “what if your gift to a stranger is not paid back but paid forward to another stranger?” He comes up with this idea when he accepts the challenge of his favourite teacher. He and his classmates can earn extra credits by coming up with “an idea for world change” and “put it into action.” Trevor chooses three people and does them a favour. In return they should not pay him back but pay it forward by choosing three other people whom they will do a favour. In return they, again, will ask nothing but to pay it forward again. As the blurb of the book says: “A human chain letter of kindness and good will.” In the book it works, big time: people around the globe pay forward and with that change the world.
Now for reality. Can paying it forward really work, is it a different form of reciprocity? While reading the book I thought that sometimes it may even be easier to ask someone to pay it forward instead of pay it back, especially among strangers. It could convince a stranger to accept or to make a (small) gift without the feeling of guilt or awkwardness (“What do does he want from me?”). It may also work among people you know. Sometimes a gift is so easy to make that you feel ashamed or uncomfortable when you receive gratitude for it. It would make things so much easier if you could tell them: you just make somebody else happy by making them a gift. The only direct “gift” you’ll get from it is a good feeling and the possibility that one day another person will do the same for you. This is not a very strong form of reciprocity but it actually already exists (without a special name for it that I know of). I received a quarter the other day from a stranger in the swimming pool to put inside a locker. “You keep it” she said “I know how precious time is when you come in just an hour before closing time.” Happily surprised my actual thought where: “I will remember this so I can do that for someone else someday too.” However, attaching a name to it makes it stronger: “I’ll remember this, I’ll pay it forward.” It makes it a phenomenon. Now all we need is a Dutch equivalent for the name.*
* Someone who likes to pass books around to friends and strangers instead of keeping them on the shelves. For more information go to bookcrossing.com.
* De naam “Pay it forward” is volgens mij niet zo sterk als je het letterlijk vertaalt met: “Betaal/vergoed het door.” Alhoewel, doorvergoeden, dat klinkt nog niet eens zo slecht. Erg Hollands, dat wel.
Malinowski, B. (1922) Argonauts of the Western Pacific.
Maus, M. (1923) Essai sur le don. Translated as: The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies.
Ryan Hyde, C. (1999) Pay It Forward. Simon&Schuster: New York.
Swaan, A. De (1996) De Mensenmaatschappij. Een inleiding. Bert Bakker: Amsterdam. p. 92¨
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I will send it off in the mail tomorrow. Enjoy!
As mentioned before I have started a new ring for this book, Cross it forward to:
Impuls <--------The book is currently here
First I had to get used about the way it was written in different chapters from different characters. It is my first English book since a long time.
I have seen the movie twice so sometimes in my head appeared some frames from the movie.
I just love the idea of paying it forward, especially to find something where you can really please somebody with.
During reading the book I signed in for contributing money for Stichting de Opkikker.
An organisation that organises activities for sick children and their family.
I told the woman from the organisation why I joined and she would try and pay it forward.....
I have asked 061019alexandra for her address.
061019alexandra has asked to skip her and put her at the bottom of the list.
Next person is Jordanne, will PM her right away
Jordanne has bought the book herself....4vlinders is the next one!
Bedankt voor de kaart Linniepinnie.
gaat mee met Smitjes naar Gouda voor Afraberg.
I will start reading next week, first I have to finish the book I'm reading now. I'm very curious.
Thank you very much Linniepinnie and lennonchick78!
Thank you very much lennonchick78 and linniepinnie!
The book is now on it's way to redfloor.
Edit 8/5: I mailed the book to vis007 today.
But beside that, the core message was good and the book reads very fluently.
I am sending the book back to The Netherlands, so the ring be continued.
UPDATE: Sent it this morning to Dutchbooky
Edit 26/7: sorry, sorry! The book is still with me. I am taking it with me on holiday and won't be able to send it to the next reader before August 20. Thanks for your patience!
Will send it to Marianne40 as soon as I have her address! Thanks for sharing it Linniepinnie!
Edit Aug. 29: I will mail the book to Marianne40 today!
Linniepinnie would you like the book book back after I read it?
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Dank je voor het opsturen, Alexandra.
I received the book today.
Thank for sending it to me, Alexandra.
Although I think the idea of 'Paying it forward' is wonderful, the book was a bit of a disappointment. In the first chapters I was a bit confused and didn't know who's point of view I was reading.
After a while I sorted it out.
I loved to read about the relationship between Reuben and Arlette. And of course Trevor is a wonderful little boy.
Unfortunately I found the visit to the president a bit too much and unrealistic. I can't remember seeing that in the movie?!
I wish it would be possible to have a boy create a simple idea that will change the world.
Thank you for making this book into a ring.
I will send the book to Bumbelbee today.
Anyway, I'll send it along to Impuls in a couple of days.
edit: It's on its way!
I'm curious about this book.... It has travelled a lot already I see! :)
I will get Niekjes address and pass it on...
bye bye sweet bookie!
This book is on its way to the next reader; I just dropped it of at the post office.