You better believe that when Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey collide (behind the big screen) an emulsion of magic erupts. The One Hundred Foot Journey written by Richard C. Morais turned film was two hours and four minutes of robust richness, immaculate vastness, and intense human connection. So, no…this book is not solely about food. Although food, most of the time, tends to be the main character. I love when authors and film makers do that!
Immediately following my trip to the theatre, was (obviously!) a trip to the bookstore. Yes, at 9 p.m. I wasn’t worried about the bookstore not being open but I hadn’t even thought to think that they would be out of the book. I should have!
An immediate login to Amazon.com and my book was on its way — to be delivered a quick two days later (Thank you, Amazon Prime). And it wasn’t long into the book when I came across this:
But this you must know: the violent murder of a mother – when a boy is at that tender age, when he is just discovering girls – it is a terrible thing. Confusingly mixed up with all things feminine, it leaves a charred residue on the soul, like the black marks found at the bottom of a burned pot. No matter how much you scrub and scrub the pot bottom with steel wool and cleansers, the scars, they remain permanent.
Did anyone else just witness the intense power of Morais’s carefully chosen craft? Imagery, word
choice, symbolism…shall I continue? When students ask me what I’m reading or why I’m even reading it; I turn to this page and let them read it for themselves…it’s already tagged. Most times students’ responses start with a sigh followed by a “Wow” or “Whoa”. Then the conversation begins. And, just like what Spielberg and Winfrey have created, our conversations chronicle the richness of this sentiment, immaculate precision and craft of Morais, and the intensity of this reality.
What books have you stumbled upon that have hidden gems in them that you love to share with your students?