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(We reserve the room at 6:15 for those of us who like to get a head start on things.) Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. What if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition? George Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age 37, he was last seen 400 feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit. In fact, not until you've heard the last words of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. "One more thing to consider; George Mallory did not return after his monumental achievement to his beloved wife and children. In the last few minutes of his life, I wondered how he felt about his decision and the sacrifice. It begs the question, what price glory?" (Old Critic At Large, Amazon Reviewer)
Ron Leir will be performing in a one-act play called "2B (or Not 2B)" which will be packaged together with seven other one-acts as part of the "March Madness" program sponsored by the Union Congregational Church players in Montclair March 21-24 (Thurs.-Sunday). No admission charge but a $10 donation is requested to offset production costs. All performances are at the church, 176 Cooper St. in Montclair. No reservations required. Seating is ample. "Everyone needs a little laughter during the winter months ;-) . This fun show is a series of comedy scenes with 2-4 actors each. Many roles. Parts for all genders. Mostly adults of all ages, but a few roles for younger actors as well. Join us as an actor, techie, or audience member! All are welcome here. " Check out UCC Players on Facebook for more info (https://www.facebook.com/UCC-Players-1538939749739842/). Or contact Ron at[masked] or [masked]. ~ Parking in Upper Montclair can be tricky -- a primer: https://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/montclair-parking-primer
(We reserve the room at 6:15 for those of us who like to get a head start on things.) A nice short book for a short month -- 272 pages. [Image by Nolan Pelletier for NY Times.] R. Zocher, 5.0 out of 5 stars: Loved it! "After I started reading Less I immediately thought “So, why did this win the Pulitzer?” Then, about half way through, I began to understand. By the time we get to Morocco with Arthur Less, I was mentally comparing Less to Lolita, though the characters are nothing alike. While you hate the protagonist Humbert in Lolita, there is no denying the power of the novel. And where you will love the protagonist Arthur Less, it is the writing that shines here, not the sweep of the story or the depth of the characters. Is there a literary genre called Profound Humorous Romps? That’s where this book belongs. This is not a “gay” book, but Arthur is gay. This is not a story about middle age, but Arthur is confronting his own aging. This is a story about how humans are constantly swimming upstream against life. This is a story about how humans are old or young or bald or sad or beautiful or boring and sometimes we are more, but sometimes we are…(wait for it)…Less. ~ Jody Forman, 2.0 out of 5 stars: Couldn't care less about "Less": "What was the Pulitzer group thinking?!? Based on the Pulitzer designation and based on some of the endorsements from favorite writers (Ann Patchett), my book club chose "Less". All six of us (college educated women ages 35 to 71) disliked it. The criticisms were that the main character was uninteresting, unsympathetic and unrelatable; that the paltry humor was only mildly amusing (not "hysterical" as one endorsement said), the ending was predictable and anticlimactic; and that we finished reading it out of duty to the club, not because the book was compelling. In other words, we couldn't care less about "Less". The only redeeming aspect was the interesting way the author would weave past and present together in the narrative. I cannot recommend this book and the Pulitzer people need to reexamine their standards. ~ I predict: spirited discussion!
(We reserve the room at 6:15 for those of us who like to get a head start on things.) Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).