So let me start off my journal entries by saying how much I love this book. I am now reading The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and I can not express in words how much better I think it is than Slaughter House Five. I only wish my vocabulary was big enough to describe how much better of a book I really think it is. But I digress.
As of this very moment in time I have just finished the third chapter of this book, I am on page 71 to be exact. So far I have learned that Marietta or “Miss” has lived in a rural part of Kentucky all of her life. She has decided to hop into her old, beat up car and see how far away from home she could get. And to be honest, I can’t blame her. Her hometown and the people in it seem to be just plain trashy. For example, it was unusual for a teenage girl to graduate high school because the majority of them would either drop out or become pregnant before their senior year. So when I say I can’t blame her for wanting to leave, I really mean it.
Once “Miss” left her hometown of Pittman County, she made two promises to herself. And one of those promises has to be one of my favorite parts in this book thus far. She said that she was going to give herself a new name. And the fact that she decided to rename herself isn’t what I enjoyed. I liked the way she did it. But at first she wasn’t really sure what she wanted as her name. She thought that a name isn’t really something a person has the right to pick out, but was something you were provided with more or less by chance. So she decided to let the gas tank decide. Wherever her car ran out of gas, she would look for a sign.
That kind of belief in fate is just amazing to me. For her to have the guts to name herself after just any old road sign leaves me just flabbergasted. I wish I had that kind of spontaneity. But I guess it’s just something you’re born with. Some other qualities of her that I envy are her sense of humor and cleverness. When she said “Mama always...