Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Book Meme

I've been tagged for this meme by my friend Hot Anne. Since I was naughty and skipped the last one, I'll do this one. However, I may break part of it (gasp!).

Here goes:

The Book Meme.

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag 5 more people.

OK, the nearest book is "Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research and Practice, 3rd Edition," but I'm gonna take a pass on that, as I wouldn't want to bore you with grad school stuff. (Page 123, by the way, explores the concepts of how stage theories approach the issue of explaining and changing behavior.)

So let's pretend a much better book was close at hand:

"Paradise of the Blind," by Duong Thu Huong. (If you look under the library section on the right-hand column of this page, you'll see it listed there.) The book's cover proclaims, "Banned in its own country, the first novel from Vietnam ever published in the United States." It's captivating. It's sort of a coming-of-age tale about a young Vietnamese woman who struggles to find her identity amidst family turmoil and poverty. (Mom and Fran, I think you'd like this one a lot too.)

OK, what were the rules again? Oh yes, page 123. Fifth sentence.

I have to fudge here a bit, too, because that lands sort of in the middle of a quote from a Vietnamese poet, so let's move on just a bit to this:

The young man flushed a drunken red as a vein in his neck pulsed. "But, chief, during the anti-American resistance, the southern soldiers left for the front singing Do Chieu's verses. Anyone who has even a bit of education and understands the South knows that Do Chieu is irreplaceable for our compatriots."

I'll tag these people who recently left comments on my site, but don't feel obligated, folks (hahah, that'll teach you to comment, eh?!):

Lina (but not Ole)
Kathy Irwin
Tammy and Ray
"Butterfly" Jen
Erica

For those interested, you can read more about Paradise of the Blind:

Here

Here (This is interesting. The publisher's site notes similar books include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A classic. And another coming-of-age story. Neat.)

And here

2 comments:

Anne & Grant said...

Well, I don't quite live up to my 'Hot Anne' Mii, but at least I have pretty feet ;)

Lina said...

I got your tag....I'll do this one this weekend. No books where I am right now. Tee hee hee.