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Thursday, March 5, 2015

It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

Title: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

Author: Robert Fulghum

“It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It” is a collection of short writings, where Fulghum has shared his opinions and perspectives on different matters. It is witty and nice to read. It actually is a kind-of continuation of his previous book “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”.

The writing shows up in different forms. Sometimes, it is his personal experience and incidents, in a few others it’s like a story, some are just his opinions, and in some he just talks about what he likes and why.

Some of his writings also narrate the story of people like Rosa Parks, and John Piermont.

Among his writings the ones I liked the best are about John Piermont(he was the man who composed Jingle Bells that all of us know very well, and sing every December), Old Mr. Perry- the “driver trainer”(DT), about flight travel and business cards, Grandfathers, the Hunt Saboteur Association and about the young girl who sat on her ticket and thought it was lost!

At the end, he finishes by talking about laughter and how it helps us go forward. He talks about ‘asbestos gelos’, a greek phrase that traces back to Homer’s Iliad, where it describes the laughter of the Gods. It simply means “unquenchable laughter”. “And he who laughs, lasts,” says Fulghum in his book.

It is a wonderful read. Highly enjoyable! I am reading his “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”. So stay tuned for the next post!

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