Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee’s reading of another suggested book from the Conant Library book group and this read is titled: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It makes for quite a read as I continue to enjoy of my Peach Green Tea with Matcha by Stash.
“Many people are surprised to learn that all teas, white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh are made from the leaves of the same species. While the varietal of the particular Camellia sinensis plant as well as the weather conditions and soil contribute to the final taste of the tea, the significant difference of tea type is developed in the processing of the leaves.”—The Tea Spot
When reading a book that is not to do with culinary and I find of tea mention, it is simply that they are having or fixing a cup of tea; there is not much to it as to say: do you want green, or black tea etc. it is simply; having or fixing of a cup of tea. I like that there is not distinction. Tea is universally global and it is how you like it!
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Teawithainee’s latest read is “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart; it is this month’s suggested reading group to be read for next group meet-up from the Conant Library.
Synopsis: We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth? This is how the book begins and ends with a truth as told by Cadence Sinclair Eastman. She also tells us that she suffers migraines, but does not suffer fools. And she likes this twist in the meaning, in that she is one that endures. Cadence is also an arsonist.
This book has lovely map of the families that stay at the Vineyard for their summer outings. The characters that I am drawn to are Gat, Mirren, Johnny and Cadence because of the book’s ending where only one survives and is left to retell of the story as memory recalls it.
Cadence’s memory of the fire—she remembers it all, “I changed the course of her life. I changed the fate of the family, the liars and I. It was a horrible thing to do. Maybe, but it was something. It wasn’t sitting by and complaining. I am a more powerful person than my mother will ever know. I have trespassed against her and helped her too.”
Wow! I am thinking to myself…
Anyhow, it was the wicked witch who taught and brought them matches and told them to strike it—she gave them fire—like Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to mankind; but unlike this, the witch disliked these children for their beauty and naïveté; and so the witch taught them about fire in hope they will burn their pretty fingers and skins, for she so despise them for all the gifts they receive…etc.
On this island the elitist of families gathers to play in the sun and it is their children who must spend idle time abiding to the father’s wish; at times not always in agreement. The waiting to inherit and who you can marry and not marry; or the one you end up with, father takes not to liking him for he is different, no matter how eloquent or educated he may be.
“Once upon a time there was a wealthy merchant who had three beautiful daughters. He spoiled them so much that the younger two girls did little all day but sit by the mirror, gazing at their own beauty and pinching their cheeks to make it red.—as he was away on a trip, he promised to bring back to his daughters some souvenirs. …The prized fable to give me your most cherished possession that you come across firstly upon your return and that would be his eldest child—The what factor of this parable is?
“We all know that beauty grows to love the beast. She grows to love him, despite what her family might think – for his charm and education, his knowledge of art and his sensitive heart. Indeed, he is human and always was one. He was never a wild boar / Jackal at all. It was only a hideous illusion. Trouble is that it is awfully hard to convince her father otherwise. Her father sees the jaws, and the snout, he hears the hideous growl, whenever beauty bring her new husband home for a visit. It doesn’t matter how civilized and erudite the husband is. It doesn’t matter how kind. The father sees a jungle animal, and his repugnance will never leave him.”
There are so many themes running in this book; theme of love, youth and beauty vs. parents, next generation, traditional values, & old money; adhering to the parents and waiting to inherit if ever at all. The decision to burn down the estate which is of value to the parents but not to the young since they despise of the house and so they (Gat, Mirren, Johnny and Cadence) decided to burn the house down, leaving only one survivor. As readers are told this is the truth?
For our purpose, is to find tea haps’ stance and I took note of some.
“My tea is warm, the liars are beautiful, Cuddletown is beautiful. It doesn’t matter if there are stains on the wall. It doesn’t matter if I have headaches or Mirren is sick. It doesn’t matter if Will has nightmares and Gat hates himself. We have committed the perfect crime.”
“Dad was a middling—successful professor of military history. Back then I adored him. He wore tweed jackets. He was gaunt. He drank milky tea. He was fond of board games and let me win, fond of boats and taught me to kayak, fond of bicycles, books and art museums.”
““The Cuddletown door is locked. I bang until Johnny appears, wearing the clothes he had on last night.” I am making pretentious tea,” he says.”
“Johnny looks me in the eyes for a longtime but doesn’t say a word. Eventually he turns and goes into the kitchen. I follow. Johnny pours hot water from the kettle into teacups.”
Darby’s Bakery http://darbysbakery.com/
With regards to teacups, I happened to be in West Boylston earlier in the week to purchase some sweets for another library event. I was at Darby’s Bakery for this purchase and I viewed some of their new tea tins that contain a variety of tea but not of just one brand. This I liked, because this is how I keep of teas when bought. I take them out of their boxes and packets and simply place them in my tea tins. I don’t bother with discerning which brand of tea or type. I wake to fix a cup of tea and reach for a tea tin knowing that it will be a favorite regardless.
I also viewed this large saucer and cup nearby their cash register.
One can never know when tea sighting is bound to happen; where, oh where will it be and how excited I will be for this.
Teawithainee is astounded since one can never know when tea sighting is bound to happen; where, oh where it will be and how excited I will be for this. A flagged moment during my reading on line of reviews and posts for the book: “We were liars” stated as such: “If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.” It is with these words that I leave readers/viewers of this blog to ponder and feast upon, leaving me a comment even as to what is meant. I am a minion and a tea drinker whose cadence is to implore everyone, to drink your tea as you like it!
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!