From The Giving Tree
A friend of mine asked if I had ever read The Giving Tree. When I said no, he was like, “Oh man, you need to read it.”
So, I read it. To me the most interesting sentence in the whole book is the title of this article. Oh – spoiler alert. My bad.
People have used this story a lot of different ways based on what I see on the internet. It’s a representation of Christ’s unconditional love, a parable about how mankind abuses the environment, an exploration of how children exploit their parents.
Shel Silverstein wrote many cartoons for Playboy magazine, so that’s interesting, eh? They weren’t the salacious naughty kind – just odd humor. So you will read some stuff about how this beloved children’s book writer is a misogynist.
He apparently was not particularly fond of happy endings either:
So, I don’t know what to think of him or his books. But I do think maybe a companion volume to The Giving Tree might be Codependent No More.