In addition to me strongly identifying with Ruby and her ideals, there were other aspects of the story that connected to my life. For example, all the messages in the story applied to me - the five lessons that Eddie was given in the afterlife*are tropes that are meant to be universal and everyone can truly benefit by taking the messages to heart.
There were many interesting parts of this book. One part that was especially intrigueing and powerful was the scene when Tala instructs Eddie to wash her. Tala was described as a beautiful little girl, but as the plot line progressed and Eddie finds out that he had inadvertantly burned her to death while at war, she transformed and became burned and scabbed all over her body. Her once beautiful face was scarred and disfigured. This is a manifestation of Eddie 's guilt***. When Tala instructs Eddie t...
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... hardly tacet), of the novel are my favorite, I can appreciate them and I would reccomend this book. It is moderately well written and has aforementioned universal messages that can and should be applied to everyone 's lives. In addition, the depictions of heaven, and the descriptions of the love between Marguerite and Eddie and of Tala 's innocence, demeanor, and immense capacity for forgiveness were very engaging.
* 1.) All lives are connected.
2.) Sacrifice is something to aspire to.
3.) Forgiveness is key to a happy life.
4.) Love is eternal.
5.) All lives have purpose.
**This is especially realistic due to the time period and how divorce was extremely uncommon at that time.
***Another cue to this is how the noises of the enviornment they were in, the children playing and screaming, were often featured as a disturbing addition to Eddie 's war- themed nightmares.
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