Remembering The Bones

by Frances Itani | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780006392620 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pooker3 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 3/30/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, March 30, 2009
One of a few that I picked up today from the little used book shop near my home. It may be my last chance to get books there. Owner says he's closing next month (after more than 20 years at that location) due to the economy and cost of doing business. Sad.

Journal Entry 2 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, November 19, 2009
I was really quite touched by this book - more so than I thought I would be.

Georgie has been invited to a luncheon with the Queen of England (along with 99 other people) because they share the same birthday. She and the Queen will be 80 years old on April 21st. As an aside, I've always known that Queen Elizabeth's birthday was April 21st because my sister was born on that date too. I was, as a child, rather jealous of that fact, that and my sister's birth date was also Easter Sunday and everyone knows that "The child that's born on the Sabbath day is...blah, blah". The only thing that made up for all of the virtues my sister seemed to have inherited merely because of her birth date was the fact that she was almost named "Amaryllis" at the suggestion of a great aunt. Hahaha!

But, I do remember when the Queen had her big birthday party and I wondered whether my sister would be invited. I did not realize you had to be born in the same year too. So, I guess that's why she didn't go. My sister is not 80. However, as I read this story I imagined Georgie as my sister might be at that age. It was not hard. I think Georgie and my sister are quite similar in many ways. In particular they are both stubborn and self reliant.

Despite being 80 years old Georgie insists on driving herself to the airport for her flight to England. So when she accidentally drives her vehicle into a ravine, no one knows and no one expects to hear from her until she returns. She is badly injured in the accident, is thrown from the car and is lying broken on the floor of the ravine. All she can do is lie there and hope for rescue. But she is not going to give up or feel sorry for herself. No sirree. She occupies her mind and body by sucking on her buttons and rain/dew drenched sleeves for moisture, trying to inch her way on her back, back to the car and remembering her long life, determined to hang on until she is rescued.

When Georgie was a girl she read her grandfather's Gray's Anatomy and learned the names of all the bones in the body. As she lies in the ravine she recounts her life and remembers those bones. In fact, various chapters in the book are named for the bones (wishbone, spine, funny bone) and Georgie's memories loosely relate to them.

This was an easy and gentle read about one ordinary woman's life and its worth. I am not as easily moved to tears by reading as I once was, but the final chapters did make me misty.

Journal Entry 3 by Pooker3 at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, January 23, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (1/25/2010 UTC) at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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All wrapped up and ready to go to the Chocolate, tea and books winner.

You lucky duck! I hope you enjoy this parcel and all the other wonderful treats on their way.

Cheers!

In the post, Monday, January 25, 2010.

Journal Entry 4 by FeistyPom2Love from San Ramon, California USA on Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Thank you Pooker3 for the book, chocolate cookies & Red Rose tea! I loved the card too.

Journal Entry 5 by FeistyPom2Love at Carpinteria Amtrak Station in Carpinteria, California USA on Sunday, May 08, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (5/8/2011 UTC) at Carpinteria Amtrak Station in Carpinteria, California USA

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I released this book at sunset for the National Train Day SSM at the Carpinteria Train platform. The book was released in a plastic Bookcrossing baggy & Bookcrossing bookmark and left on a bench. Happy reading!

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