Partial Review of Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon

I’m on page 400 of 702 and that doesn’t include the Notes and Bibliography which puts this book at over 900 pages. Small print, single spaced and worth the effort. I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to see the movie and wonder who they will showcase.

Main lesson learned is one never knows what someone else is going through. How we choose to deal (or not) with our circumstances varies widely. One could say we’re never given more than we can handle but there is are entire section on filicide. Parents who snap/break. Unimaginable.

I probably shouldn’t be reading this as I’m emotional as of late. But I’m drawn in. The human condition is fascinating. For now, I’ll close with a few quotes from my common place book:

  • … “post human future” in which we eliminate the variety within mankind.” ~ Francis Fukuyama
  • … his murderous crime “was inherited in his organism and came from ancestor” ~ Clarence Darrow
  • The attribution of responsibility to parents is often a function of ignorance, but it also reflects our anxious belief that we control our own destiny.
  • Parents are not powerful enough to cause disease.
  • “If we tolerate prejudice toward any group, we tolerate it toward all groups.” ~ Benjamin Jealous
  • … “that the light enters you at bandaged places.” ~ Rumi
  • “Though I have gathered statistics, I have relied primarily on anecdotes because numbers imply trends, while stories acknowledge chaos.”
  • This book’s conundrum is that most of the families described here have ended up grateful for experiences they would’ve done anything to avoid.

I’m seriously considering going back to school. It’s never too late right? You betcha.

As always, more to come.

7 thoughts on “Partial Review of Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon

  1. “Parents are not powerful enough to cause disease.”

    You never eat my mother’s cooking. I had food poisoning several times as a kid.

    “This book’s conundrum is that most of the families described here have ended up grateful for experiences they would’ve done anything to avoid.”

    That isn’t that surprising. Check out this video:

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