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The Measure

By Nikki Erlick

8/10
(8/10)

349 pages

What’s it about?

Imagine one day the world wakes up and EVERYONE over 22-years-old finds a small wooden box with a string inside.  The strings foretell the length of your life.  Would you want to know?  What repercussions would this knowledge bring?

What did it make me think about?

What makes the measure of a life?

Should I read it?

I read this for book club and I am so mad I am going to miss the discussion!  This book was created to provoke thought.  I am sure book clubs across the country are going to gobble this one up.  Did I like this book- yes.  Did I love this book- no. The stories seemed too contrived to make a great novel, and maybe this fact kept me from initially connecting with the characters.  Some storylines were more compelling for me than others- but obviously all the stories were coming together to make a point. So the obvious question that will be asked at bookclub this week- would you open your box?

Quote-

Last night, I looked at my own box for the first time in months.  I didn’t open it, but I reread the inscription. The measure of your life lies within.   Sure, it’s pointing to the string inside, but maybe that’s not the only measure we have. Maybe there are thousands of other ways we could measure our lives- the true quality of our lives- that lie within us, not within some box.   And, by your own measure, you can still be happy. You can live well.”

What’s it about?

Imagine one day the world wakes up and EVERYONE over 22-years-old finds a small wooden box with a string inside.  The strings foretell the length of your life.  Would you want to know?  What repercussions would this knowledge bring?

What did it make me think about?

What makes the measure of a life?

Should I read it?

I read this for book club and I am so mad I am going to miss the discussion!  This book was created to provoke thought.  I am sure book clubs across the country are going to gobble this one up.  Did I like this book- yes.  Did I love this book- no. The stories seemed too contrived to make a great novel, and maybe this fact kept me from initially connecting with the characters.  Some storylines were more compelling for me than others- but obviously all the stories were coming together to make a point. So the obvious question that will be asked at bookclub this week- would you open your box?

Quote-

Last night, I looked at my own box for the first time in months.  I didn’t open it, but I reread the inscription. The measure of your life lies within.  

Sure, it’s pointing to the string inside, but maybe that’s not the only measure we have. Maybe there are thousands of other ways we could measure our lives- the true quality of our lives- that lie within us, not within some box.  

And, by your own measure, you can still be happy.

You can live well.”

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