Monday, September 28, 2009
Every book is a journey. Every author takes you on a trip -- sometimes to a distant time or place, sometimes to a brain-bending idea or concept. Some of the journeys are short, and some are long. Very long. Very, very long.
This was a long journey. Fortunately, it was well worth it! At 704 pages, Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage could definitely be classified under the "Investment" category. Mary Soames, the Churchill's youngest child, certainly had the first-hand experience to write such a book. Pulling from letters, her mother's stories, and her own life, Mrs. Soames paints an amazing portrait of her parents' extraordinary lives. Clementine devoted her life to her husband and his career, often at the expense of her own personal interests and talents. I think that was the aspect of Clementine's life that inspired me the most.
A journey to a not-so-distant time and place, through some of the most important events in Western history and some of the least significant events in the life of a family. Yes, this journey was worth it.