Reading in 2010: The Road

I’m not sure how to describe this one. I love when authors give you short “snapshot” paragraphs that describe action or thought. This book was chock full of that. The narrative was diced into tiny sections too-making this the perfect pickup-putdown book. The dialogue was sparse and poignant. The landscape was bare and burned.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a brief synopsis: A father and son are wandering across a burned and desolate country in the future. There are very few people left, just bands of thieves and not too many “good guys”. Every aspect of civilization is gone, burned, and looted. The father and son are journeying to the coast, because they believe it is warmer there and there is a “good guy” community there which they can join. This book is their tale of scavenging and wandering, and wondering what it is that makes life worth living.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was slow at times, and at points very graphic and disturbing. Nevertheless, I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed the author’s style and the overall story. The movie is out, but I’m not sure if I’d like to see it. There are a few scenes that would really disturb me to see on film. Overall, it was a good read!

mismash, hodgepodge, conglomeration

Not much to do here. Might as well write. Right?

I can’t decide if I’m actually hungry, or if I’m just bored and want to eat. Know what I mean? I eat when I’m bored. I love food. Almost all food. There are very few things that I don’t like. I don’t like pickles or cantaloupe or sushi. But I’ve only tried sushi once. I’d be willing to give it another try.

This morning I watched a clip on youtube of the last 8ish minutes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s horrible-horrifying. If you haven’t read that book, or any books on the Holocaust, I suggest that you do so. Yes, the details are disturbing and they haunt you. But I believe that it is so important to know, to remember. Don’t those millions of people deserve to be remembered? Even if it is through a fiction story. Same goes for Sarah’s Key, which I blogged about here.

Onto something happy. This morning Sophie walked, holding onto my fingers, all the way down the hall to her room and back out to the living room. She’s on her way! She doesn’t yet stand unassisted, so I know that walking isn’t imminent, but every little thing she does makes me so excited and proud. I love her 🙂

I have now started The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s slow, but interesting and good. I like the writing and the story is growing on me. I found it in my coworker’s office one day and when I asked her if I could borrow it she said that it didn’t belong to her. She said I could just take it. But I’ll return it because I need another book like I need a hole in my head.

LOST is on tonight 🙂 I’ve been digging this LOST blog. I think it gives a good account of what happened (plus some amusing commentary) plus the author’s overall rating of the episode. I’m a huge dork.

Steph and I ran 9 miles on Sunday and we’re planning on doing 11 this weekend. Our race is in less than 2 weeks! Yikes! Sophie and I went for a walk yesterday morning to give my legs a little rest, and then this morning was so cold and miserable that I wasn’t about to take her out. I plan to run a few miles when I get home from work today, and happily the sun is just now peeking through the clouds.