Hey readers! Today I will be participating in something I've been looking forward to for a few weeks now -- Waterfall Wednesday! Lisa T. Bergren is my all time favorite author, even overriding the famous Ted Dekker and stealing the #1 Author spot on my shelf. Waterfall is the first book in her River of Time Series, which is absolutely AMAZING, and so I am totally excited to join my fellow bloggers and participate in this.
Waterfall Wednesdays-A Read-a-Along Event
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Discussion 1- Chapters 1-6
Today's questions hosted by Tinasbookreviews.blogspot.com
Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, shes depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?
I connected with Gabi right away, and while Lia is definitely my character, I really enjoyed learning about Gabi and definitely felt for her. I liked how Bergren immediately showed that Gabi has flaws of her own, while a lot of authors make their characters out to be these perfect angels. Maybe that works for some readers, but as for me, I want a realistic character. Gabi was a realistic character for me.
Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?
After reading this novel? There's no where else I'd rather go except 14th Century Italy! Maybe I could go back and steal Luca's from Lia...B)
Medieval has always intrigued me, so I would definitely go back to that time era. Bergren made 14th Century Italy come alive in such a way that I would choose to visit there over any other place given the chance.
Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if shes a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of mens mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
Golly, I think they were quite gentlemanly. I think that men's mentality back then was that women were the weaker vessel and should be treated as such, which I can't fault them for, as we are, and I even found it cute. I believe that in today's society women try to be men too hard. They are in the military, having full time jobs when their families need them at home, etc. Now, I'm not saying that these are always the wrong paths for a woman to take, as God can lead her in a direction she would never have imagined(just look at Deborah). But maybe, just maybe, culture was closer to what God intended during those times than we are now.
I do think that second-guessing a woman's intelligence is wrong, though, and often that's what got women in the scrapes they were in in ancient times: men thought they were all around better.
As for them being shocked at Gabi's mannerisms, I think that it just had to do with culture. It was something a woman never did, but it wasn't because they were any less of a talented human as a man; it's just women didn't do stuff like that.
When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?
I just gotta say that if a man came into my life all of the sudden and was like Marcello or Luca, I would definitely be a little freaked out. ;) Judging, on the other hand, just because another person is different than you is wrong. I have on more than one occasion known I was being judged wrong, and it definitely doesn't feel good.
What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?
Umm well if Luca really lived...:P
Hahahaha just kidding. I think that I, personally, would really like the culture and the setting. As I read about Gabi and Marcello or Luca and Lia dashing through the trees and over rocks and down hills, I fell in love with the scenery. I mean, who couldn't? It sounds beautiful!
The worst? Two words.
I'm sorry, but if I had to live my whole life without brushing my teeth...EWW. That just sounds disgusting. I have a sudden urge to go brush my teeth now. I'd better wrap this up. :P
So there you have it! I must say that these are the best books EVER and if you haven't read them you have to get a hold of them. They are SOOO amazing! I will force myself to stop raving about them now and publish this post. If you've read this book, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought! If you haven't, I'm not sure what you are waiting for. Dive in!! The water is SUPERB!