I picked this book up in the airport last October and didn’t read it. I had read the Alchemist years ago and loved it and so thought I would read another one by him. I think the title is what put me off. Of course.
It is such and interesting book. I am writing this probably too soon after finishing it because I really need to think about different parts of what it has to say. Upfront I will say there are probably 10 pages out of 255 that were a little….awkward to read. Kind of like being in a movie when I want to close my eyes for a few minutes. But for a book titled adultery I was really expecting more, probably less then the romance novels out there (which I haven’t read so I am just guessing).
It is about a woman, a woman and her loving, perfect husband and her 2 children. And yes another man and sort of his wife. But really the book is told in the woman’s voice. You are in her head. You hear what she thinks and what she says. At times I feel angry with her, sad for her, hopeful for her. She is tormented by her own thoughts. I can’t tell you the story because I could never do it justice you need to read it.
Passages that left an impression:
“Not everyone need to feel happy all the time. Besides, no one can be happy all the time. I need to learn to deal with the reality of life.” (P. 29)
“You don’t choose your life; it chooses you. There’s no point asking why life has reserved certain joys or griefs, you just accept them and carry on.” We can’t choose our lives, but we can decide what to do with the joys or griefs we’re given.” (P. 83)
“Should someone beg forgiveness for harbor an impossible Love? No, certainly no. Because God’s Love for us is also impossible. It’s never required at the time, and yet He continues to love us. He loved us so much that He sent His only son to explain how Love is the force that moves the sun and all the stars.” (P.111 ) * the rest of this page is amazing but you will have to read it on your own, this was just to whet your appetite :)
“Everything we seek so enthusiastically before we reach adulthood-love, work, faith-turns into a burden too heavy to bear. There is only one way to escape this: Love. To love is to transform slavery into freedom.” (P. 127)
“Because, ever since we’ve moved away from God, we live a fragmented existence. we try to find oneness, but we don’t know the way back; thus, we are in a state of constant dissatisfaction. Society prohibits and creates laws, but this does not solve the problem.” (P. 174)
“When you love each other, you have to be ready for anything. Because love is like a kaleidoscope, the kind we used to play with when we were kids. It’s in constant movement and never repeats itself. If you don’t understand this, you are condemned to suffer for something that really only exists to make us happy.” (P. 214)
“Life offers us thousands of opportunities for learning. Every man and every woman, in every day of our lives, always has a good opportunity to surrender to Love. Life is not a long vacation, but a constant learning process.” (P. 255)
I do recommend the book…
I leave you with this “And the most important lesson is leaning to love.”