Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Opposite of Loneliness

"The Opposite of Loneliness" by Marina Keegan

This book is essays and stories from a college graduate that was aspiring to be a writer but just days after her graduation was killed in a car accident.  Her last article that she wrote for the school paper went viral after her death.  She was likable and fiercly determined to be a writer.  This book was put together by her parents, friends and teachers.  It is a book to honor the aspiring writer that Marina was to become.  It has some interesting stories.  The fiction stories aren't my favorite, they have a little crudness to them but I did like her nonfiction.  "I worry sometimes that humans are afraid of helping humans.  There's less risk associated with animals, less fear of failure, fear of getting too involved."  Why do we pass the homeless man on the street by cry out for the beached whale?  We need to push aside the fear and take the risk to care for the humans around us.  
This isn't necessarily a book that I would recommend.  I was drawn to the tragedy of the authors death but was not overly impressed by her words.

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