Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Book Review- Truth and Beauty

I just finished reading Ann Patchett's Truth & Beauty. It is a memoir on her friendship with writer Lucy Grealy. In the memorable words of another friend- "Run, Don't Walk"- to find a copy at your library or local bookstore.

I was so struck at the depth of their love for each other. They were two different personalities so it was expressed in different ways, but nevertheless, a deep and abiding love for each other.

Ann's love for Lucy was unconditional in a way you only expect from your mother or dog. She forgave every transgression and was always there for Lucy. Lucy gave to Ann a totally foreign view on life, which I think Ann was very thankful for. People give to each other in very strange and wonderful ways. And they take.

I was equally struck by Lucy's inability to see how surrounded by love she was. She yearned for the intimate male/female bonding, but it was her circle of friends who gathered around her in each crisis. But I suppose that is a primal urge... and not mine to disparage. It is certainly one I have sought to the detriment of friendships on occasion.

To illustrate- one of my favorite photos of me and two close friends- Louise and my little sister Reta, letting loose at my Dad's camp in Vermont. This photo was taken around 1985. We are still friends. Truly beautiful!

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Hey, is it your book or the lib.?

SMC said...

Library..... my library is so convenient that I use it all the time. My librarian will buy or borrow anything I ask for.

Librarians are a weird lot, but I am not sure what we could replace them with.