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message 1: by mark (new)

mark Loved your review for its honesty, though I gave the book 4 stars - for the same reason. People are different. Writers don't have answers, necessarily. DFW asked questions, makes you think (in his fiction). We just finished reading IJ in an on-line group (wish you were there). I blogged about "fear of intimacy" w/r/t the characters and communication happening within the novel. And I was just thinking - we should take on Sheila's novel - because it forces you to think, differently, maybe than you do. Anyways - good job.

message 2: by rachel (last edited Sep 06, 2013 04:44PM) (new)

rachel Hi, mark. Thanks for your kind words. I agree with you that writers should not be expected to have answers and it's quite enough to pose interesting questions. In fact, I'd probably hate a book that claimed it did have answers, and what I perceive as truth about non-concrete things like intimacy and love will almost certainly be different from what others perceive. This book struck me as some very superficial philosophy AND art.

But, then again, I've never subscribed to the Roland Barthes belief that everything has meaning, and especially not to the belief that I need to signify everything in terms of my own life. I've always found it kind of...tiresome, I guess. There are so many people on the earth, I can't be that important.

I thought there would be more heart to this book. And less...signifying of typos. That's the best way I can describe my disappointment.

message 3: by Monika (new)

Monika Norwid Love the review.

message 4: by rachel (new)

rachel Thank you, Monika.

message 5: by Mir (new)

Mir Most of the time you'd spend reading this book, though, would be time better spent gazing at your own navel.


I suspect that staring at someone else's navel is one of those things where the longer you look the more weird and wrong it appears.

p.s. How did the decision re: moving in work out?

message 6: by rachel (last edited Jun 28, 2014 09:27AM) (new)

rachel Good point.

It's funny you should ask that now. He just moved out this weekend and we have broken up. It's for the better, though. He put me through the ringer and came to realize upon my asking him to leave that he has a lot of growing up to do. (FWIW, he didn't even sleep next to me most nights of the week.)

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