Book Review: Traveling with Pomegranates ~Kidd & Taylor
I am riveted to reading this book. This book is the next read in my lesson plan of life and it is a magnificent teacher. It is not that I cannot put the book down and I need to stay connected, because I must keep setting it aside sleeping and dreaming the information gleaned; I cannot release my mind from the relating this information to my life and journey.
If I would teaching a group of women a class in life and in the journey of womankind, this book would be required reading.
Pomegranates is a book about the stages of being woman as told through the journal writing and traveling done by a mother and daughter. It begins with a college graduation gift trip to Greece and how these two are changing roles and responsibilities in their lives – problem solving their futures.
Mother is mourning the loss of her creativity as she is beginning a few health problems and is diagnosed with the perimenopause. She is contemplating writing her first work of fiction, which becomes the novel the Secret Life of Bees
Daughter is depressed by her first big rejection letter about starting a Doctorate in Greek History and is on that yellow brick road of discovering what she is suppose to DO with her life and what direction she will take.
The first story they introduce into their travels is the story of Persephone and Demeter. The Greek mythology is a story of the kidnapping of the daughter by Hades and the incredible searching of the mother to find her – and finally the “crone” who comes to the rescue and teaches by eating the Pomegranate seed the daughter is restored to her loving Mother for 3 months of the year. How the two authors relate to this tale in their own journals and interpretation – allows the reader classical insight into life and wisdom.
Anne refers to her Mother’s book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
as she photographs the columns of the ruins and draws these words from that book into her thoughts:
“Women, who bear the weight of opposition, create a shelter for the rest of us.”
As in much of women’s writing they do not leave out the food nourishment in the story.
Ms. Kidd speaks of the changes in diet and exercise she is using to attempt to control her hypertension and to change the “excel-eration vs. acceleration” of her life. She is frustrated by the idea that she cannot gain control over her physical self as she once used to and how medications are not assisting her. She shares with us her thoughts of mortality and her connection to her mother’s beautiful and large rabbit cookies – individually made for each member of the family for Easter.
Ms. Taylor reveals how dancing, eating and running on her first trip to Greece opened her up to her Athenian possibilities of being a dynamic fully capable woman.
The two of them begin to look at other perspectives of the woman’s journey from the Art depicting St. Anne (the Mother of Mary who is the Mother of Jesus). They explore the concepts of the Madonna and the Black Madonna and the reader is drawn into the development of the fictional novel at its beginnings.
A bee alights upon her collar and remains with her as she walks to the coach – it is a sign. The Madonna tree grants her a wish of writing a novel; a piece of fiction.
The next trip together is to France….and Joan of Arc, tumulus birth canals or tombs/wombs of burial explored with profoundly beautiful words and feelings. The tour they are leading is part of studying the images of women in art.
Young woman is planning her simple wedding beneath the boughs of an ancient tree in Charleston, South Carolina – 9 months away. It is the very tree where she accepts the ring of proposal.
This is a stunningly crafted book of words, which link one to the universal and mythogical journey of a woman’s life.
I have not finished reading this book and have read 2 more books as I work though this story. I just must sleep on the ideas and reframe them into my journey. I want to tell Ms. Kidd that she is mourning her loss of fertility and I too confused that with creativity…the peak of creativity is near age 65 for women – the best is yet to come if she prepares for it…She is only 50 years as she begins this story…
I also want to read the Secret Lives of Bees once again and explore her other writing.
I am sure I will read and journal about Pomegranates again and again. I am putting it on my daughter’s Kindle for her graduation present this December.
Have you read a book that truly speaks to you on your life journey? That is well crafted and beautifully written? Please share the book and the whys in the comments below.
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