Here is where my goals stand after this one (Goodreads review follows):
Around the World: S. America:
1 2 3; Other: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
1001 Books List:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Pulitzer: Oct Nov Dec
Oct Nov Dec
Great African Reads:
1 2 3
This is a retelling of an old Vietnamese folk tale by Thich Nhat Hanh. It should definitely be read as a Buddhist lesson, rather than as literature. If you read it as literature, it will be disappointing, but as an example of what the principle of loving-kindness looks like, then it is a useful read.
There is an afterward, written by the a disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, that tells of the ways in which the story of Hanh and his followers are parallel to the tale of The Novice: A Story of True Love. These are stories of false accusation met by patience and compassion, with non-violence and loving-kindness. These stories are both depressing, in their illustration of the ways in which human rights abuses can play out, and inspiring in the way that the monks and nuns maintain a peaceful stance.