Monday, September 3, 2012


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"The heart often loses its way and can be found hours later wandering down passageways with unexplained bruises on its skin."
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"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
~Proverbs 4:23~
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 I really took to the haunting imagery in this quote.  I have not read Flower Children, but it's theme is one I have often found to be heartbreakingly sad: that of parents failing to guard the hearts of their children until they are old enough, wise enough, and well-equipped enough to do so for themselves.  In the book, which is based on Swann's own upbringing, the children in question are never disciplined: "The parents don't care what they do.  They're the happiest children alive!"  As concerns this state of affairs, one reviewer of the book has stated, "But unbound freedom isn't always exhilarating." 
I've found that the book has not gotten very rave reviews by readers (check out this one and this one), but it's subject matter is timeless and intriguing as it concerns the lines that are drawn between freedom and constraint and what constitutes true happiness.  Perhaps I should add it to my reading list ☺.
*The photo is of a passageway in Athens, Greece.
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