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Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie Paperback – March 9, 2009
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Rachel's attitude towards the mentally ill is equally admirable. So often the treatment of the mentally ill is condescending and extremely arrogant. Clearly, they are inferior beings. Rachel's humility and caring towards her clients when she worked for the local mental health services is one in a million.
Her essays in creative writing are unique. Whoever else has ever thought of evoking childhood memories through the Tooth Fairy?
The subjects on which Rachel writes seem to be limitless, and many are extremely witty: entertaining articles about mowing the lawn, where buses go at night, how to deal with teenagers, and 'conservation' work in national parks.
Rachel's warmth and sensitivity shine out from every page, but above all, her irrepressible sense of humor.
Rachel's family has been extremely generous to share the writings of their daughter with the general public, especially since so much of it includes personal details. Take hold of this book, and treasure it, as the opportunity to read such a book only comes once in a lifetime.
I do not get an impression of Rachel as anti-semitic or anti-Jewish, or even anti-Israel. She has aligned herself with the Palestinians in Gaza who are being forcibly removed from their homes, which are being bulldozed. That same Israeli government has forcibly removed Jews from their unauthorized settlements. This was about standing up to an inhumane process. What a very high cost she paid for that opposition.
Early in her life, Rachel's literary abilities shine through her poetry as she expresses her delight in nature and small creatures that cross her path. At eleven, on the death of her grandfather, she remarks her own selfishness as she sleeps while others are grieving. She says, "I have already grown bored of being sad and I am ready to go back to being normal." How wise she is to identify that universal feeling.
Many of Rachel's musings reflect her attitude toward death. At fourteen, she says, "Death smells like homemade applesauce as it cooks on the stove." At eighteen, "If I die today,...you must burn the papers under my bed...to charred leaves of ash...You must silence my dead voice...so it will not embarrass my memory." Her journals definitely reflect her inner thoughts, conflicts, and behaviors that might be embarrassing, and I wonder whether she would have wanted them published.
A trip to Russia became a turning point for Rachel. A girl who lived a sheltered, privileged life, she returned from her journey a woman with a mission, awakened by "the initial disappointment in discovering that my government really did lie to me about the Russians, and in the massive absence of justice in the world, and again...in discovering my participation in the subjugation of other people.Read more ›
Very touching journal by a very courageous young girl
The negative reactions to the book, I'm afraid, prove importance of the issue Rachel gave her life for. Many Americans remained "passively" approving of the occupation despite not just its blatant imperialist aggressiveness but its sheer irrationality and absurdity.
The best way to see an issue objectively, with the efforts of finding a solution, is to put yourself in the position of both sides. This book will definitely help you see the Palestinian issue the way it is, and not the way the media wants you to see it.
No individuals, no interest groups, no lobbies have influenced the writing of this book. A pure message straight from the heart of a first line observer.
A MUST READ!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Was lucky enough to see the play. Her courage is inspirational and should not go in vain...Published 9 months ago by muna
In 2014 what she wrote is still so relevant. She has changed the way I think. I hope to God that her parents don't think she wasted her life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Real Good Customer
The best word I can think of to describe how I feel after finishing this book: honored. Honored that her family has given us this glimpse into her thoughts, hopes, fears, and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by laura
I went to Evergreen State College. When I saw that a student from there went to Israel and got run over by a bulldozer I wanted to see what had happened. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Bob Swain
Check out the April "Poets on Poets" issue of quillandparchment.com where you will find three poems memorialising Rachel Corrie by Washington State poets Ed Mast, J Glenn... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Book Worm
For those who wonder who Rachel Corrie was and why she rates a place in history, get this book and find out. For those who hate her, get this book and learn more. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by J. Petzak
The incomparably courageous Rachel Corrie's personal thoughts and musings are displayed in this fascinating compilation. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Ken Freeland
An amazingly beautiful, poignant and important book. I have reread this one several times and always get something new out of it. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Marguerite Sparks
Not at all what I expected. Sort of hard to read.
Many of her poems are really interesting but alot of it is
hard to follow and understand.