If we were books, I'd be Southern Renaissance and you'd be Southern Gothic. - The Lawyer

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A Passage to India
E.M. Forster
If you know me, or as you get to know me, you will find that I hear things in my head a certain way as I'm typing  - often I explain exactly what it is I'm hearing just so you get the full feeling of what I mean. I say this now because the title of this post is exactly what I said in my head as I picked up book #1, A Passage to India, and it is the exact quote and tone of Rafiki as one loads the first game on SEGA's "The Lion King" videogame. Which I still have the PC version of on my laptop - it got me through many a night when I should have been studying for an exam or writing a paper. And so I like to think maybe that wise old monkey is somehow watching over this long journey as he did for Simba. Maybe? Ok, maybe not, but we can still sing his silly songs and play the videogame right?

Anyway, I've started E.M. Forster's classic about the British occupation of India and the relations between the British and the Indians and the concept of Anglo-Indians. It's very interesting so far, and I've found the racial tension especially intriguing because I recently re-visited an old outdoor theater from my childhood and watched a gripping drama about the Underground Railroad in North Carolina. Still, it never astounds me how little credibility we give each other as an overarching human race.

But let's talk about something happier. Progress is going well - I am slightly over 100 pages in, on Chapter 9 having started the book last week (it's been a long week at work, hopefully I'll have more progress to report next week. But I do want to share with you my favorite quote thus far from the book.
Life never gives us what we want at the moment that we consider appropriate. Adventures do occur, but not punctually. - pg. 25
 For some reason this thought from the wise older Mrs. Moore really struck me. Thinking back, I do believe the best adventures I've had have been thrust upon me unwittingly. As long as you're always ready and roll with the flow, anything can be an adventure - it's all what you make of it.  I plan to remember this quote for the next time I'm waiting around for an adventure of my own. I do hope Mrs. Moore shares some more witticisms as I live vicariously through her adventure in such a foreign land.

P.S. If you wish to know more about the Snow Camp, N.C. outdoor dramas you can find information here.

2 comments:

The Lawyer said...

Best. Reference. Ever. (Also the Nintendo 64 version, FYI.)

I now plan to envision a wise old ape watching over my late nights of Complex Deals and Secured Transactions...

The Librarian said...

And I shall sing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffgnK-imS0k

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