Listening to an audio book is sometimes a completely different experience of a book than just reading it the traditional way. I kind of wish I'd read...moreListening to an audio book is sometimes a completely different experience of a book than just reading it the traditional way. I kind of wish I'd read it rather than listened to it, partly because I accidentally started on part two of the book before I realized there was a part 1 that I'd missed. But Death, who narrates the story, is an interesting technique and is able to be somewhat objective on the events described, and also takes a look from a different perspective. An interesting book.(less)
This book had me on a roller coaster. I had read that the last 50 pages would throw you sideways...moreTo the author, I want to say: GOOD GOD. REALLY???
This book had me on a roller coaster. I had read that the last 50 pages would throw you sideways. So, even after this book turned out to be one sexual fantasy and daydream and remembrance after another, and I felt way more drawn into a middle-aged-man's mind than I wanted to be, I kept plodding on.
Then, there was that moment in the restaurant with Claudia. The one where I thought it was all going to turn around. The one where I thought he was going to realize why he was how he was and begin to change himself, to infuse his life with meaning and real relationship.
And then. SPOILER ALERT
He's been deathly afraid of a terrorist attack for the whole book. And, wonder of wonders, what happens but a TERRORIST ATTACK! How original! How life-changing! God, could we have something that he could do something about? Rather than him just being victim yet again? Really. Really? Really. I am astonished and incredulous. I WASTED my spring break reading time for this???
And all this with really good writing. I just wish the content had matched it. It had so much promise....(less)
I enjoyed this book a lot. Not a huge page-turner...just a slow-paced, enjoyable book. May Sarton has extraordinarily taken just plain old life and ch...moreI enjoyed this book a lot. Not a huge page-turner...just a slow-paced, enjoyable book. May Sarton has extraordinarily taken just plain old life and chronicled everyday conversations without it being dull and boring. There is a lot of introspection in this book, and perhaps that's why I like it particularly right now, as I'm in an introspective mood.
The main character is a woman who has lost her partner of 30 years, and has decided to open a feminist bookstore. Of course, when you do any major undertaking I think there are many reactions that you could never have foreseen, and she gets many of those. But one thing she must face is that she is a lesbian, which strangely enough, she has never thought of herself as. And all that entails is what she must deal with. She decides in the end that she has nothing to lose (or relatively little) and must speak on behalf of those who have too much to lose that they wouldn't speak up.
This book was written in 1992, and it does show its age. Hopefully we have gotten better with our attitudes towards minorities in general. But most of what is written in these pages is just as true now as ever.(less)
My husband and I decided that we'd read a book together and then discuss. We went to Powells yesterday and chose this one. I hope I find it as grippin...moreMy husband and I decided that we'd read a book together and then discuss. We went to Powells yesterday and chose this one. I hope I find it as gripping as The Lovely Bones, and I hope he likes it too.
Update: Well, we read it. I'm not sure what I was expecting...but not this! Okay, it gave us lots to talk about. But I think I was hoping for more that we could relate to on a nature-of-humanity level. And there was some, but we had to dig for it.
The main character does a dastardly act in this book, and it occurs right at the end of the first chapter. I could see it was coming and yet it still shocked me when it came. And I spent the rest of the book trying to find the reason, the justification, for her act, and never really found it. Many other women in her position and not too many do this. But it was an interesting study in not being able to escape that which we're most trying to get away from.
We're going to try Alfie Cohn's parenting book next! I'm sure we'll have much more fodder for discussion from that one.(less)