I finished reading a book called Patch of Blue today. It was written by an Australian author, Elizabeth Kata and adapted into a fairly well known American movie starring Sydney Poitier.
I learned from Lord Wiki that the American movie is much more uplifting and optimistic than the novel.
The novel's end might have a vague amount of hopefulness in it. Or at least you can add it yourself if you're in a good enough mood while reading it.
The book is about Selina, a severely abused young woman who was blinded as a child in a domestic violence incident.
Selina is sweet, innocent, and....very racist. She's never seen a black person before; but knows they're horrible.
One day Selina goes to the park and has a bead-dropping accident. She's helped by a man named Gordon. They become friends. Gordon becomes the first person that has ever made Selina feel loved and happy.
The thought-provoking irony of the story is that Gordon is a black man. Selina doesn't realize this.
The book made me sad. It's not just that I felt sorry for Selina. But also....even though I'm not blind, abused, or racist....I could relate to a lot of the feelings in the book.
My circumstances are so different from Selina's. Yet I share some of her inner turmoil.
I guess life is like that.
Even though the book made me feel sad, unsettled, and a bit hopeless about certain things...I thought it was good a good one. Its better than the books that make me feel nothing and are very boring.