Saturday, June 09, 2007

who knew?

Finally I finished a book. Not a book of patterns, not a magazine, but a novel. I have started about three, no four, books over the past few months (Everything is Illuminated, On Beauty, The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters and The Trick is to Keep Breathing) and nothing stuck. I did finish The Actual by Saul Bellow but that's classified as a novella so I didn't feel the same accomplishment. But why am I even talking about this boring fact of finishing a novel? Well, I heard myself telling friends about it all week, and then tonight I looked it up and the first search result was the movie listing at IMDB. So the film will also be titled Revolutionary Road, and the novel is by Richard Yates, about a suburban couple in the 1950's coming to terms with their relationship while raising two children. Funny thing is that I felt like I chose to read the 1950's version of Little Children and IMDB tells me that Kate Winslet is playing the lead character in this film too. Huh. But I'm still staying away from Little Children for the time being.
To keep with the momentum I'm re-reading A Room of One's Own. Ah Virginia Woolf, how I love thee. I don't know if I'll ever get back to any of the other four I started, but at least I broke the reading rut. Finishing my tally for 1001 Books You Must Read may have provided an extra push too - I'll never be Ragdoll, but I hope I can stretch beyond my 64.
Oh, and the flowers (or shall I say cabbage) have no direct meaning - I just like to have flowers out for guests.


Natalie said... [Reply to comment]

I finished a novel today too. Almost a "beach read" which generally does not interest me, however it was "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume and I have fond memories of some of her books as a child... Interesting read!

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Yikes, I just did the 1001 books you must read and I got a measley 49. And I was an English major, so a lot of those were force fed in school.

But don't you find that not only children, but making crafts really gets in the way? You can knit and watch TV, but you can't knit and read War And Peace.

Frances said... [Reply to comment]

I keep seeing Revolutionary Road..pick it up, put it time it happens I'll get it.

hip_ragdoll said... [Reply to comment]

I think you have read a very respectable number of 1001 Books books. It's a daunting challenge, that's for sure.

petite gourmand said... [Reply to comment]

I hate when I get stuck in a book rut.
The problem for me is that I force myself to finish a book even if I'm not enjoying it.
Mostly because I'm figure if I paid for it I just have to.
I just finished two super long heavy and somewhat depressing books and now I'm looking for a nice light summer read.

melissa said... [Reply to comment]

the cabbages are absolutely gorgeous...