Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Beginnings: Far from the Tree

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

"There is no such thing as reproduction. When two people decide to have a baby, they engage in an act of production, and the widespread use of the word reproduction for this activity, with its implication that two people are but braiding themselves together, is at best a euphemism to comfort prospective parents before they get in over their heads."

I'm not sure I agree with this. It IS a combination of the two parents, even if it results in a child they don't recognize like the ones Mr. Solomon features in his book. Production, to me, sounds more deliberate, like one could add certain ingredients and exclude others.

3 comments:

JC Jones said...

I guess everyone have to have their own opinion and I can see both points of view.

Joséphine @ Dudette Reads said...

Perhaps it's both production and reproduction. A child breathes new life, and so in a way is produced. But reproduction when we take into account the genes that are passed on. Well, that and as similar as a child might be to its parents, it will always be different too.

Elizabeth said...

VERY interesting...thanks for making me think.

Have a great weekend.

I didn't have time to post a book beginnings so I am leaving a link to another fun post you may want to check out.

Elizabeth
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