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September 9, 2009 - Meg Alexander
I haven't blogged for quite a while, and it seems I'm doing all my catching up in one day. I've been reading a lot lately. Currently I'm working on "Emma" by Jane Austen. Haven't read the book? If you've watched the movie "Clueless" with Alicia Silverstone you're familiar with the story. I love Austen but it's been quite a switch for me as I've just finished reading some books that are superficially less challenging than an early 1800's piece rich with irony and social commentary. That said, my favorite children's author of all time, Roald Dahl, is a delight, with silliness and satire running hand in hand through his books.
Take for example, my all-time favorite: "The BFG" — Big Friendly Giant, which I recently re-read for the gazillionth time. Besides adding wonderfully colorful phrases to my vernacular — I've been dying for weeks now to tell someone their "head is full of squashed flies" — the BFG offers great insight into the human condition (and a wonderful argument for vegetarianism:) Take for example (ugh, my second time using this phrase in one paragraph — forgive me) this conversation between Sophie, a little orphan girl, and the BFG.
“I think it’s rotten that those foul giants should go off every night to eat humans. Humans have never done them any harm.”
“That is what the little piggy-wig is saying every day,” the BFG answered. “He is saying, ‘I has never done any harm to the human bean so why should he be eating me?'"
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