The previous week (or two) in bullet points:

  • Megan paused in her Sojourn from India to the States to visit the Princedom of Fyffe for X days;
  • The aforesaid Sojourner and I did venture to Edinburgh and Inverness, during which my knees began to Protest Loudly, to be alleviated by the Use of a Cane;
  • The Mystery of the Undelivered Parcel becomes a concern to many;
  • I Slept little;
  • I completed the excellent Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and began If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino;
  • I panicked, prepared and persevered through the First Thesis Meeting of This Year;
  • I was reminded that I am Dust and to Dust I Shall Return;
  • I have Shopped, Laundered and Hoovered to bring Order back into Chaos.

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I have wanted to write about Never Let Me Go, but the only way to do so without it sounding utterly boring would be to give away the premise. I knew the premise going into the book, but it was something that the book revealed slowly, and I think that I would allow any of my readers and friends the opportunity to discover it for themselves. In short, as much as I disliked Remains of the Day, I enjoyed Never Let Me Go. I was surprised that many of the same techniques Ishiguro used in Remains of the Day were also used in Never Let Me Go, except that in the latter the perspective is first person instead of third, the stream of consciousness is purposeful instead of rambling, and, in my opinion, Never Let Me Go simply had a more compelling story. It is a novel I wish I had written; perhaps someday I may write like it.

I am glad for weekends. They are reset buttons when you just need to start a week afresh. And this weekend has done just that.

5 thoughts on “Catching-up

  1. Sarah says:

    I thought I commented here last night! I guess it didn’t stick…I wish that we lived closer and could slog through our theses together (convenient that they have the same name, though they are very different projects!) <3s


  2. Megan says:

    I came across If on a winter’s night a traveler at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC the other day and wished I remembered what you said about it. So… what did you think?

    I reveled in the freedom of hours to explore the shelves, sit down, and thumb through some books, and the sliding ladders. I ended up with Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle upon Beka’s recommendation, not that I’m going very “green” but want to be informed… I know, doesn’t sound much like me!


    • Chera says:

      Hey Meg, I reviewed If on a winter’s night a traveler in the post ‘The Ideal Reader’. It’s not a book I think you would like. Personally, it’s one of those books that’s more fun to talk about than to actually read.


  3. Megan says:

    Yeah, I read that post later on. When I flipped through it a little it seemed like it might be an interesting read and that the style might be engaging, but I was also hesitant. Thanks.


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