Today, I finished reading a book ‘Shot in the Heart’ written by Mikal Gilmore and translated by Haruki Murakami.
The book is based on a true story from United States’ past. The true is a killer of Gary Gilmore…… He had killed two young persons and been put to death.
The writer Mikal is younger brother of Gary. Mikal told me through this book ‘Family is the start and same time it is the end’.
So ‘Shot in the Heart’ is not only the story of a killer but the story of family.
What is ‘family’?
A family is a hopeful and warm place. But at the same time it turns into hell or pain for someone. The person in latter situation directly runs into adversity.
We are leaning against something. For example, nationality, language, culture, skin color, job, friend, pet, money, and so on.
So a family is the basic of our life. Apart from regarding it, people are always leaning against family.
Of course Gilmore Family had same hope becoming warm family. Nevertheless they couldn’t build it. The family had fallen to horrible one.
Thus Mikal had tried to escape from the family.But he couldn’t, he slightly connect his family. After all we cannot escape from own blood.
However we can escape from painful life. There are a lot of ways to do it.
The last resort to get rid of pain is choosing death. Gary had chosen the death for his karma…… He had yielded his life, behavior, hope and family.
But why we never choose the death? We can choose it. I guess we have some strong emotional bonds of trust someone.
Hadn’t Gary had it? No he had. But his past made a change to his thoughts. He had loved his family, the love turn to fear of all family and hope.
What did he see through his eyes?
I don’t know. I assume that he had sadness of his life and his family.
That is my point of view. Don’t forget we can chose a life.
This book is very tough for me……
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