Monday, March 5, 2012

Eleven Minutes

I felt incredibly connected to this book and the character Maria who was insightful, brave, young, beautiful soul full of life wanting to live, learn, and explore.  She ends up falling in love with a successful painter in Switzerland, but she battles leaving and moving back to Brazil or staying for this man.  I was hoping that she would leave and pursue her careers of having her own farm and continuing to pursue her education, but instead it become the typical love story.  She goes to the airport and finds him there in Paris pleading for him to stay wit her.  Again, the woman gives up her goals and learning about herself for the man-the love she had been waiting for all her life.  Love conquered all in this story..
Here are some passages from the book:

A time to be born and a time to die

A time of plant and a time to pluck that which planted

A time to kill and a time to heal

A time to break down and a time to build up

A time to weap and a time to laugh

A time to mourn and a time to dance

A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together

A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing

A time to get a time to lose

A time to keep and a time to cast away

A time to rend and a time to sew

A time to keep silence and a time to speak

 A time to love and a time to hate

A time of war and a time of peace

My favorite parts…

Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, and feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened b/c when it appears it demolishes all old things it finds in its path.  Noone wants their life thrown into chaos.  That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control and sustain a house or structure that is already rotten.  They are engineers of the superceded.  Other people think exactly the opposite.  They surrender themselves w/out second thought, hoping to find in passion the solution to all problems.  They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for possible unhappiness.  They are either euphoric b/c something marvelous happened or depressed b/c something unexpected just ruined their life. 

Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it, which is least destructive?
Paulo Cello Eleven Minutes

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