Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue”, which I read recently, is a fascinating book in many ways. The book told me so many things about Sarah Palin that I had never suspected before. For instance:
1. Sarah Palin writes beautifully. She writes much better than how she speaks or twitters. Sample this (and all this in just page 2):
A robin’s egg sky arced overhead, the brisk kick in the air hinting at winter’s approach. Like a family conga line, we wound our way among the vendors and exhibits: from pork chops on a stick to kettle corn, veggie weigh-ins, and livestock competitions. A local dance troupe took to the stage and music blared, competing with the constant hum of generators and squealing kids on rides.
All right, the language may be a little over the top,but compare this with a few recent tweets:
Who hijacked term:”feminist”?A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé3)
Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America.
Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”)
Clearly, her speeches and tweets are written by incompetent ghostwriters. She should fire them immediately.
2. It’s not surprising that Sarah Palin writes well, considering what a prolific reader she has been since childhood : (page 27)
From The Pearl to Jonathan Livingston Seagull to Animal Farm and anything by C.S. Lewis, I would put down one book just long enough to pick up another. The library on Main Street was one of my summer hideaways. I wandered through the stacks, thumbing through the smalish collection as though it were a secret treasure.
3. See that, Katie Couric? Actually, do you know that Sarah Palin only agreed to be interviewed by Ms. Couric out of pity? (page 256)
“Katie wants people to like her,” Nicolle said. “She wants you to like her.”
Hearing all that, I almost started to feel sorry for her. Katie had tried to make a bold move from lively morning gal to serious anchor, but the new assignment wasn’t going very well.
4. And as for the part about Putin rearing his head over Alaska? Again, we misunderstand. All she wanted to do was give us a geography lesson. (page 274):
Lower 48ers grow up seeing our state tucked with Hawaii in a little square off the coast of Mexico on the nightly news weather map. So I began by trying to squeeze a geographical primer into a ten-second sound bite, explaining that only a narrow maritime border separates Alaska from Russia, that we’re near the Pacific rim countries, and that we’re bordered by Canada.
But Katie interrupted and I did not complete my answer. I wish now I had stopped her and said, “Here’s the geographical context. Now may I answer your question?”
5. OK, but what would she have said instead?
There was much Katie appeared not to know, or care to hear about. For instance, that Alaska’s geographic position makes our relations with Pacific Rim countries of great strategic import, and that we’re the air crossroads of the world. That Russian bombers often play cat-and-mouse with our Air Force near Alaska’s airspace.
There is a lot more, and this is surely a fascinating work of fiction biography autobiography (there, I finally got that right!)
When you consider that you are getting an insight into the thinking of someone who might well become a future US President/ Vice-President/ some kind of kingmaker, it makes for a kind of riveting reading.
Do read this book if you can get hold of it. If you can’t find it under “Non-Fiction”, try “Fiction” or “Horror”. (Blame the book-reading, dorky, liberal librarian for misfiling it).