Monday, April 20, 2009
Mercy by Jodi Picoult
I waited a while for this novel to come in to the library. Jodi Picoult has quite a following right now and I admit that I'm one of those working my way through her books. I find her books quite easy and quick to read, but the stories are good and interesting. Most of her books touch on a hot issue. The one focuses on euthenasia. It's a side of euthenasia that I hadn't thought about before. What would it be like to be living in such a state of pain and agony, knowing that you are deteriorating every day and may not live many more of them. Would you choose to die? Would you ask someone to kill you? Or would you wait it out? Is it our choice to make? I had previously read Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers that addresses this issue and I really enjoyed her perspective. I like that Picoult takes this issue and parallels it with a dying marriage. Do you kill the marriage? Do you kill the cancer patient? Do you give up? Do you live on? Do you work it out? I'm for marriage. I'm for life. I don't think any of these questions are easy. But add another voice into the arguement. It would be interesting for a book club to read both books and discuss them to see what they come up with.