Tonight's Book Club setting was Breadwinners at Northpark Mall, which was more spacious than expected with a patio that opens into a sprawling courtyard. The place is pleasant and pretty with an enormous lit buckyball sculpture nearby. However, be prepared for children running and screeching in the distance. The food was satisfactory (several of us got the pizza-like flatbread), and the free dessert was a nice way to top off the evening. Congratulations to Matthew and Peter for formally joining us for the first time.
Not all of us, however, were completely taken with the book. Matthew, Kristen, and I couldn't quite divine the purpose of the piece. Is it a sort of canonization of these quirky missionaries? Is it a touching platonic romance between two devout men? Is it a semi-daring Western? Why didn't the grim reaper make a dramatic appearance as the title seemingly promised? In answer to this, Natalie thinks one might need to be a practicing Catholic (or at least buy into the innocent religious mission of the characters) to enjoy Cather's book.
“The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived.'”
“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was far away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!”