While I was checking on some books I was interested in reading, I came across a novel authored by Claire Cook. In my youthful years, I was interested in reading good novels, especially political thrillers. And I read many. But, I have lost such an interest in reading novels, as I worked, traveled and lived in the Middle East, in 1970's and 1980's. As a result, my interest has ever since concentrated in history, geopolitics, Arabic language and its fascinating literature, and Islam. The question is why, all of a sudden, I seem to be interested in Claire Cook's novel. Well, I am not interested in reading Claire Cook's novel at all, but in the statements that have appeared at the beginning of each chapter of the novel. That was the reason for buying the novel. This has been the result of an old habit of mine I cannot get rid of:reviewing, in the spot of the book store, some pages of the book, (any book whose title attracts my attention), to find out what the content of the book is all about.
What has impressed me about Claire Cook's novel is the sensibility of every statement which appeared at the top of the beginning of each chapter. Cook's novel is composed of 38 chapters. Hence, It has a total of 38 sensible statements which I wish to share with the readers of this website. The first 19 sensible statements are quoted below:
From Chapter (1):
" Who will buy the cowif you give away the milk for free, yet once you get a taste of the milk, who can resist coming back to the cow ? "
From Chapter (2):
" Failure is a brief and necessary layover in the way to success, but you will never reach success if you check your bags at failure. "
From Chapter (3):
" You do not have to be a winner to start, but you have to start to be a winner."
From Chapter (4):
" Morning, noon, and night, my brother is pretty much a chiasmus machine, and chiasmus machine is pretty much my brother. "
From Chapter (5):
What a long strange trip it;s been, and what a strange longer trip is becoming. "
From Chapter (6):
" When you dig in the earth, the earth digs you. "
From Chapter (7):
" Change is hard, so people hardly ever change."
From Chapter (8):
" Better to run over than to be overrun. "
From Chapter (9):
" When people show you their true colors, color yourself convinced the first time. "
From Chapter (10):
" Let go of the past and go let the future in. "
From Chapter (11):
" It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. " This one is by Mark Twin.
From Chapter (12):
" She who hesitates is lost, but she who doesn't hesitate might end up even loster. "
From Chapter (13):
" Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing, especially in a sheep shed with your sister. "
From Chapter (14):
" It's not what you'r telling your heart, but what your heart is telling you."
From Chapter (15):
" No body can go back and start a new beginning, But anyone can start today and make a new ending. " Thi one is by Maria Robinson.
From Chapter (16):
" When in doubt eat. When in eat, doubt "
From Chapter (17):
" A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but a bush in the hand will feed the whole flock. "
From Chapter (18):
" The magic in those soles will bring out the magic that was in your soul all along. "
From Chapter (19):
" Live to dance and dance to live. "
TO BE CONTINUED IN NEXT BLOG.