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I took an electronic

2010/01/04

sabbatical this weekend and read another Jane Hamilton book called When Madeleine (sp?) was Young.  It was very good.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as Disobedience, but I still loved it and couldn’t put it down.  I visited the library and picked up 3 books.  This was one of them.  The other 2 are The Centaur by one of my favorite authors, John Updike.  I started that, and I’m finding it a little confusing.  I am missing something.  I guess he’s switching back from being a man to being a god- half horse half man or something.  Plus, he’s allowing himself to be mistreated by this guy in the man life.  I’m missing something, and I bet I’ve started this book before, probably 30 years ago, and put it down right away because of this bit of confusion.  I refuse to do that because I love Mr. Updike, RIP.  Next I may check out a book of poetry, not sure.  I also have a few John Irvings to catch up on.  I also picked up Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.  I’ve wanted to read Woolf ever since I saw The Hours, which was wonderful. 

So I shall let you know if I can keep up w/ Updike’s metaphorical tome.  Might have to do a little research to understand what it is about more.  Will that help me enjoy it more or less?  If I’m not enjoying it by pg 75 (I’m on 34) then I may give up.  Or at least switch to Mrs. Dalloway and return later to The Centaur.  I get spoiled reading Jane Hamilton because she’s such a quick read, and her satire is more contemporary to me.

So, for now, I shall go back to reading.  I will say Elsie is attacking The Centaur at this very moment.  Is that a sign?  Yes, a sign that she wants my attention.  Ta Ta!

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2 Responses to “I took an electronic”

  1. gbaugh Says:

    Some books need to wait a few years to be enjoyed the way they were written. There are some I couldn’t understand or wade through.
    Have a great day!
    Gerardine Baugh
    http://gerardinebaugh.wordpress.com/

  2. Jaymie Says:

    I finally stopped and read a book a few days ago – My Lobotomy by Howard Dully. Felt good to turn the pages and feel the weight of it in my hands. Thank you for your ongoing reviews and suggestions. I’ll let you know our book club list 2010 on Friday (our meeting is Thursday night).


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