I'm now well into the reading I was anticipating last week. I realize that I went into The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao with a negative bias, and I'm sure that's influencing my opinion, but I must say I'm having a difficult time getting into that book. I read the first two chapters (about 85 pages), and when I looked ahead and saw that chapter 3 was another 85 pages, I set it aside. It's probably not a good sign that I'm checking the length of each chapter before starting! Anyway, I have two weeks before the book is due back at the library. Will I finish it? Will I even pick it up again? If I do, will I chuck it out the window? Stay tuned, salon members, stay tuned!
So having left Oscar sitting on the table, I moved on to Nuruddin Farah's Links. This winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature is already appealing to me more than poor Mr. Wao. Jeebleh is a Somalian who has been away from his country for more than 20 years. The book is about his return visit to pay respects at his mother's grave, and search for a lost relative. Suspense and fear pervade the text, bringing to life the emotional rollercoaster that is day-to-day living in Mogadiscio.
My faithful lunchtime companion this week has been Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth. If you have never read her short stories, stop whatever you're doing right now and go get yourself a copy. I loved Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, and this latest collection is just as wonderful. This book is a nice supplement to my "regular" read, because I can dip in and out of it, savoring each story as an individual work. Mmmmm....
Frankly, though, I haven't done much reading today, or all weekend for that matter. I've been very busy gardening though, and am pleased to say I'm close to finishing the planting, and everything is making very nice progress. So, until next week, happy reading (and gardening, for those who are so inclined)!
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