Back on July 5th, we posted our First Impressions of The Pickup as we began reading it. Now we offer you our last thoughts and observations (for now) as we--like you--prepare for the work and activities that come with a new semester. Our thanks to Ariela for sharing her thoughts with us here. We look forward to reading and blogging with you again sometime. Like next year when we read that hot new science fiction thriller for the 2008 New Student Reading Project.
Wendy: Whew, what a summer! I don't believe I have ever fully examined a book as I have with Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup. Although I am not sad to be moving on, I believe this book will stay with me. As we discussed in our small groups, the themes of immigration, identity, love and diversity are universal; yet I know that this is not the last time I will explore these heavy topics. Age, experience, political and cultural changes will all influence and refine my beliefs on immigration, identity, love, and diversity. In the meantime, I am working hard to not tie every headline I read with the varied themes of The Pickup!
Lance: As has been stated several times over the last couple of days, you don't have to LIKE a book to LEARN from a book. This may not have been the most enjoyable book I have ever read--and in terms of "fun reading" it does indeed fall far below the Harry Potter books--but it was a book that made me work to get at its meanings and it was a book that made me think.
And isn't that why we are all here? To think. And to learn and to experience new things and to meet new people and to beat Harvard in hockey.
Did you notice that the story begins with a cup of coffee--Julie picks up Abdu--and ends with a cup of tea? Julie is in the lean-to standing at the window after Ibrahim has left. Khadija comes in and offers her sympathy and some "smooth dark shiny dates." And we are left to ponder whether these two lovers, who seem to have lost each other while finding themselves, will ever see each other again.
If you would like to continue these discussions, come have coffee with us in the Libe Cafe.
"Just say the word."