Sep. 6th, 2017

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What I’ve Just Finished Reading

Elena Ferrante has taken over my life. I finished My Brilliant Friend, sped through The Story of a New Name, and now am halfway through Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and broke for the night only because we reached a nice pause in Lila’s unending descent into misery and I figured I’d better stop while it lasted. Lila and Elena are together! Elena’s taking Lila to a doctor for her terrible symptoms! This is actually a super happy moment for these books, a real high point, although obviously it can’t last, given that Elena is about to get married and leave Lila who will doubtless get sucked into the maelstrom again.

And perhaps Elena is about to enter a maelstrom too. Her fiance seems like a nice guy, but if there’s one thing I have learned from these books it’s that you can never trust men, never, except maybe Enzo, who has not turned horrible. Yet.

Actually, I think Elena’s husband may stay fine, but somehow Nino will get involved and ruin everything. He’s insidious. You know, I’d heard about him before I read the books, people complaining that he was THE WORST, so when I read My Brilliant Friend I was puzzled because he didn’t seem like THE WORST at all - in fact I do understand why both Elena and Lila fell so hard for him - but as I read on I realized. OH MY GOD. THE ACTUAL WORST.

Men who are THE WORST is sort of a theme in my reading this week. I also read Kevin Henkes’ Olive’s Ocean, and I guess the male person in question is technically still a boy, being but fourteen years old, and perhaps I shouldn’t be too hard on him, but all the same I wanted the heroine Martha to beat him to death with his own video camera after he filmed her first kiss (with him, of course) for a stupid movie that he’s making. And also crowed about how filming it meant that he won a bet, that he could totally get her to kiss him.

DROWN HIM IN THE OCEAN, MARTHA. DROWN HIM IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

What I’m Reading Now

I’m halfway through Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, as aforementioned, and also I’m reading David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, in a desultory sort of way.

What I Plan to Read Next

Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child, clearly. I have no choice in the matter.

Once I finished that - I have Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Bayou Magic, which I can only hope will be bright and uplifting after the beautiful but clinging misery of the Neapolitan Quartet. The cover looks promising in this regard! There appear to be magical fireflies.

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