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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel | Thoughts

   Published : 2021   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Colombia ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   What was it about the country that kept everyone hostage to its fantasy? The previous month, on its own soil, an American man went to his job at a plant and gunned down fourteen coworkers, and last spring alone there were four different school shootings. A nation at war with itself, yet people still spoke of it as some kind of paradise.. Thoughts : Infinite Country follows two characters - young Talia, who at the beginning of this book, escapes a girl’s reform school in North Colombia so that she can make her previously booked flight to the US. Before she can do that, she needs to travel many miles to reach her father and get her ticket to the rest of her family. As we follow Talia’s treacherous journey south, we learn about how she ended up in the reform school in the first place and why half her family resides in the US. Infinite Country tells the story of her family through the other protagonist, El

Adieus, LOST! I will miss you...

(A zillion thanks to my brother for introducing me to the show. That first day, I told him a hundred times that I am not interested in watching the show. I'm lucky he never relented!)

As I type this, I'm still trying to grapple with the fact that I will no longer have a LOST night to look forward to. Some of you are happy to get that one hour of your life back, some others including yours truly are terribly sad that not to have that one hour to let our head swim with mind-numbing theories about the life, death and actions of the bunch of castaways on that god-forsaken island! Six amazing seasons of never-ending mysteries and the quintessential quest for the answers to every LOST question, and suddenly, it's all over. How do you deal with that? LOST withdrawal is hitting me real hard.

But the good things always end. And that's probably what keeps them kicking. How can I even start saying what I will miss about LOST? If I start writing that, I'm going to make this post several pages long. And even then, I won't be done. That about captures what this show meant to me.

Every fan of LOST knew what they were getting into when they watched each LOST episode. They knew there may be answers, but for every answer, there will be tons of new questions. They knew that they could be enraged at what happens onscreen, or they could end up shedding more tears. They knew that they would end up having an interrupted sleep at best, as they tried to figure out what LOST meant by each episode. They knew they could become more befuddled than ever. Really? Did that just happen? Why did he do that? Who is that? OMG, I can't believe LOST just killed her! Why did they crash? What is the island? Who is the island? Who am I? But I am yet to come across another show like LOST that keeps kept people thinking. With all those mind-boggling questions came an intense satisfaction that is yet to be rivaled.

I can't even begin to say how much I will miss the characters. When LOST did a recap last night, plus when the characters went through their respective awakening moments, all those scenes from the past LOST seasons left me feeling nostalgic. Way too nostalgic! I am already eager to start re-watching the entire series. I will be missing Hurley most of all. What I would give to be able to listen to this guy's jokes! Miles' arrival in Season 4 was probably one of the best things that happened. By the end of Season 4, the show had already passed its halfway mark, and at that point, no one was really keen to see any new actors. But Miles just made sure we would miss him, when the show was over!

And Sawyer? The nicknames he gave his fellow cast are so endearing in a hilarious way, and I loved his shirtless appearances. Daniel Faraday and Desmond Hume were onscreen members who more often than not had answers for us. When everybody was asking the hows and the whys, Daniel's and Desmond's appearances were welcomed with cheers, since we were sure to get more answers. Jack, well, Jack was one of my favorites. I know I am in a minority camp in this case, but his inability to let things go just mirrored my take on life. Kate, though she enraged me every once in a while as she played with two men's affections, began to grow on me with her I-won't-take-crap attitude.

And Ben Linus! What an AMAZING performance this guy has given us! Can you believe he wasn't meant to be on the show for long? His acting impressed the directors so much, that he became a permanent fixture. I can't imagine any other way. He is one character I would love to watch over and over again on screen. You could never fail to be impressed by his multifaceted acting. Aah, you could never trust him. Each time he looked at you, you could almost hear some wheels turning in his head, and what would you give to know what he was thinking.

Sun, Jin, Sayid, Lapidus, Claire, Richard, and many of those we lost in earlier seasons... It's shocking to realize that I will not be seeing these characters together onscreen again, unless I rewatch. LOST has been the best shows I ever watched, mainly for the endless debates it triggered and the plethora of theories that were spawned by fans. Thank you, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof for this wonderful series, that as many say, possibly "changed television". It does feel like something significant is missing, now that LOST is over.

How are you LOSTies faring out there?


Tales of Whimsy said…
I have been in a LOST infused haze since 7pm last night. It's all I can think about and all I want to talk about.

Like you, I'm horribly sad that I will never have another season of LOST to look forward to. My husband and I kept saying, "I can't believe it."

I am going to miss the characters sooooo much. So many of them have become like friends (especially Hurley).

I LOVED that Sayid redeemed himself in the end. He was one of my favorites.
I was so proud of Desmond and Hurley.
I was so happy that Ben finally received the recognition he so badly craved.
Kate finally chose!
I was screaming when they found Lapidus. To me he represented the every day good guy and I refused to believe he was gone.

As for the finale: I felt like it was emotionally satisfying (I cried at every single awakening) but also a disappointing plot conclusion.

One things for sure: even if I didn't like the ending - it was an awesome journey.
I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen an episode of LOST! I think I'll have to go rent the first season...
Tales of Whimsy said…
Emidy: Careful. Lost is highly addictive ;) *wink wink*
erisian said…
i never watched this weekly, was always in bulk..

no more monthly 4 hour viewing stints to catch up! i get one of my monthly saturdays back!! hooray!


was a good finish to the series.. thank god for my DVR though, 5 minute intervals for commercials would have given me an aneurysm
Nadia said…
I loved watching LOST every week - it was one of my favorite shows. I'll definitely miss it. Its not often that you come across a fascinating show with such stellar acting - LOST was it!
I hate to say that I stopped watching LOST in Season 2 when things really started getting weird-what was with that button? I actually told my husband a few episodes into the series...They couldn't have survived that crash. I think the island is purgatory...and hey, I was right!

I actually have a LOST encounter story. I go to ComicCon every year and as I was leaving a meeting room I ran into a fairly large man. We laughed and I excused myself. As he walked away I thought, I thnk I know that person. Later I saw the entire cast signing autographs in the dealer's room and realized that I had run into Hurley!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Roseann: oooooo you ran into Hurley! I'm jealous. Cool story :)
Athira said…
Juju, you echoed my thoughts well! Even yesterday I was missing Lost so much, esp after seeing a Sawyer-lookalike!

Emidy, addiction setting in, I guess, LOL! Besides, I envy you, since you are only starting out on the Lost adventure.

Erisian, good you DVR'ed it! I was going insane with all those ads!

Nadia, you said it! I still can't believe that LOST is over!

Roseann, I'm with Juju! I am sooooooo jealous that you got to meet Hurley! I might have fainted on the spot, after recognizing him!
The Bumbles said…
Oh - you forgot Locke! I loved him. Did you ever see the movie The Stepfather? Go rent it. That's what I thought of every time the Man In Black/Locke character was on screen this season - the same creepy evil look in his eyes that he used in The Stepfather!
Athira said…
You're right.. I forgot Locke! Bummer! That probably explains the state of distress I was in, when I was typing up this post. I haven't watched that movie, but thanks for suggesting.. off to check Netflix.
erisian said…

my wife didnt watch lost till the last episode... she tortured me with references to the stepfather.