I just finished one of the most challenging, books Iâ€™ve ever read.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish was a present I received this Christmas. It is written by the late David Rakoff, who I am familiar with through listening to This American Life podcasts.
Only 113 pages, it took me 16 days to read! And Iâ€™m talking active reading, I didnâ€™t put it aside and work on other books and then pick it up again after a few days break. Nope – I worked at reading this.
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish is written in rhyme. Every second line rhymes with the line before it.
It doesnâ€™t take long before I had a sing-song rhythm going on my head as I read, and then realize Iâ€™ve lost what is being said in favour of the rhythm and then Iâ€™d have to go back, and focus on the story. It took me a bit to understand this is a book about how the characters are linked by cruelty and kindness, including, abuse, Aids, Alzheimer’s and betrayal! Not really the topics that warrants a sing song voice.
Hard as it was to digest both in topic and form; I really loved this book.
Here are two examples of the book. The first just to show theÂ complication of understanding, and the second, because I laughed out loud when I read it and was grateful for a perfect reason to actually have a rhyme!
â€œIâ€™ll have you remember the girl is my daughter!â€
Her mother would yell, but the men of the slaughter-
House would only be goaded to further chest pounding,
Barbaric, in keeping with their vile surrounding:
The drain in the floor, a near-useless feature
Meant to dispatch all the blood of the creature.
She thought of the joke she and Josh used to tell,
Although if fit present conditions too well:
â€œIf all of the money was gone from my life,
Would you still love me?â€ a man asked his wife.
â€œOf course,â€ she replies. â€œCome here, let me kiss you.
Iâ€™ll love you forever, but boy would I miss you!â€
I give this book 5 stars!