Feast of the Goat…

Trujillo

Right now I’m reading ‘The Feast of the Goat’, a novel which takes place in the Dominican Republic during the rule of the hated dictator Rafael Trujillo, who was called the goat. (Dominicans often made up nicknames for others.) Trujillo was assassinated in 1961.

The book is written by Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, who among many other literary prizes earned a Nobel Prize for literature. Llosa wrote extensively and was born in Peru in 1936.

Mario Vargas Llosa

On page #205 of my copy, I found the following quote:

‘AN OPEN BOOK IS A MIND THAT SPEAKS; CLOSED, A FRIEND WHO WAITS; FORGOTTEN, A SOUL THAT FORGIVES; DESTROYED, A HEART THAT WEEPS.’ By Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore

Tagore was a Bengali poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter, and more. Obviously a brilliant guy. He lived from 1861-1941 when he died in Calcutta.

I love the quote…

18 thoughts on “Feast of the Goat…

  1. Tagore is an example of being the finest Indian. He was a visionary educator, who thought music and games are as important as science.
    We are rapidly losing people like him in today’s world. By the way, did you know that Tagore was a knight? But he renounced the title when the British massacred thousands of people in India.

  2. Muriel, I’ve so enjoyed your posts, especially those about your family … but all are delightful reading and are greatly anticipated. Please know that they’re very much appreciated. Love, Lynne

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  3. How kind of you to say so Lynne: Yes, I have written a lot about my family, maybe because it was so difficult and confusing to finally get to see them during this pandemic. I’m laying low right now, waiting to be able to get another vaccine. I imagine you are too. I miss you so very much. Love, Muriel

  4. The book sounds interesting, I look forward to checking it out!
    That quote is rather deep and so true. Tagore was a brilliant writer and artist among other things – quite the visionary.

    • As a history buff, it was the perfect book to fall into my hands. A novel particularly well-written and based in a particular time with that fabulous quote from Tagore, whom I had never known of before. One thing leads to another….Hope you like the book as much as I did. Cheers, Muriel

  5. Hi Muriel; What a lovely poem Raffi wrote.! The only thing I find heartening about the
    mudslides and road closures is that people are sharing their food and blankets with those
    who do not have any. I feel for everyone in this situation; particularly parents with children
    who must be scared silly!

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