“The novel, Thien’s followup to her acclaimed debut collection Simple Recipes, deftly juggles several overlapping narratives and two parallel love stories. Gail Lim is a Canadian radio documentary producer; her father Matthew was orphaned by the brutal events in North Borneo during World War II. As a child there, he formed a deep bond with the girl Ani, also an orphan. The two are separated and briefly re-united before Matthew goes away to study in Australia; there he meets and marries Clara and they end up in Canada. Their daughter’s life is cut short by pneumonia (that’s not a plot spoiler, it’s revealed early) and the novel’s timeline shifts back to accommodate Gail’s efforts to piece together her father’s past, which involves a trip to the Netherlands to see Ani’s Dutch husband. It also deals with Ansel, Gail’s husband, as he struggles in the wake of her death. It all sounds dauntingly tangled but remarkably it isn’t. In Thien’s sure hands Certainty manages to convey a broad sweep of history, setting, and character while making the individual components immediate and intimate. Equally impressive is that its grappling with big ideas never gets in the way of its storytelling imperative.” – Ian McGillis
The title of my post is a quote from the book, and it really speaks to me right now because I know that when my life intersects with others, we will know how to continue. I can only guess how my life will turn out this summer because I am not finished Katimavik. I have a general idea of what is to come, but I know that things will not always turn out how I planned. Is this one of the things that makes life so great? The uncertainty? The hope of better things to come? Gaining experiences to carry with you for the rest of your life? Who knows. One thing I know for sure is that life is what you make it to be. If you choose to make the most of it, you will receive the most of it, and vice versa. That is what keeps me going at the end of the day.
In other news, mankind has hit a new low. I was surfing around the CBC Arts & Entertainment website and I found an article on the Youtube Awards. I know that the web is a fantastic resource, but an award show for the Internet and the pop culture phenomenons that inhabit it? Come on. Tay Zonday (who won an award for Chocolate Rain) was quoted as saying, “It’s the new Emmys, it’s the next Oscars.” It frightens me to think that the Youtube Awards may transcend the greatness that those respected award shows represent. As much as I enjoy watching funny videos, to give a nomination to the guy who pleads the world to “Leave Britney Alone!”, says a lot about our society today. We would rather watch a man dissect lonelygirl15’s rise and fall from fame than read a book, or listen to the radio, or go to a museum? However, it is true that the internet is becoming a new way to communicate to the world. As well as being able to communicate on a global scale, one can also achieve musical greatness or get a political message across by means of using Youtube. I suppose I should roll with the times, as they are definitely changing.
Time to go eat some smores, bask in the heat that is our bonfire, and play the guitar for the masses.