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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

The Sunday Salon: World War Z and more

The Sunday

Good morning everyone! It's a quiet overcast day here in my neck of the woods - perfect weather for being outside, if you ask me, so long as it doesn't rain. It's been mostly sunny this past week so I'm glad for a little coolness. Egg and kale cups are slowly baking in the oven for breakfast while I settle down with my cup of tea in front of the PC.

After breakfast, we are hoping to get started working on our backyard. I've mentioned in the past that we have a big backyard project waiting for us. The front yard is in much better shape but the backyard is a whole different story. When we bought the house, we did ask the previous owner to seed the yard. He seeded only the front yard because we didn't specify that we wanted the entire yard seeded (Hello?? Which part of the word 'yard' didn't you understand?) In hindsight, we're glad he didn't do the backyard too because since we didn't specify what seed to use, he used some wild unearthly variety of grass that seems to have given a weed-like appearance to our yard. We've taken care of it since then, but it was a very valuable lesson to file away for future reference.

Over the past few months, we've made several half-hearted attempts to tame the backyard. The ground there is too hard and there are plenty of hard rocks that make tilling it a pain in the err.. behind! We got some extra tools and hope we can make great progress on the yard within the next few weeks.

Friday night, the husband, my brother and I went to the movies to watch World War Z. Even though the trailer of the movie was well-made, I wouldn't have been eager to watch the movie if it were not based on a book. I haven't read the book myself, but the husband has, and all through the drive, this not-so-much-of-a-reader was lamenting that the movie is only very very very loosely based on the book (Darling: I love you for saying that the movie's betrayal of the book disappointed you). Still, the movie was quite an edge of the seat thriller. It was very nerve-wracking watching all the creepy scenes and by the end of the movie, even the audience let out a nervous laughter (probably out of relief that the movie ended). I've never been a zombie fan and this movie has done nothing to change that (thank goodness), but it was worth sacrificing sleep and going for a late night show. Now, I am more than eager to read the book.

What else is cooking at your end?


Athira / Aths said…
Yeah I was totally glad to hear him say that!