Tuesday, 15 October 2013

2nd kindle book...

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17142100-may-we-be-forgiven" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="May We Be Forgiven" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1367176526m/17142100.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17142100-may-we-be-forgiven">May We Be Forgiven</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/598299.A_M_Homes">A.M. Homes</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/741690292">2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This was the second book that I read on my kindle. I say this because the kindle allows you to read a sample before you buy. I loved the sample; the writing was funny, sharply observed and intriguing. I bought the book.
I quickly realised that reading this book was rather like meeting someone at a party where they are interesting, funny, intelligent, quirky, fun... Reading the book made me uncomfortable. I was desperate to finish it and get it away from me. I found the central character exasperating by turns and hugely boring at other times. I didn't find him convincing for much of the time. The passages about his brother were dire. Perhaps my day job allows me to see so many missed opportunities in those sections for comedy, good dialogue, great observations.
I learned about two thirds of the way through the book that the author was a woman and was surprised by that. I think that this may have been down to the mind numbing passages about sex...zzzzz.
There are however some wonderful moments and observations that happen to revive you when you are flagging.
The experience brings to mind the wonderful review of Wagner by Rossini "wonderful moments but terrible half hours"
Glad it is over now.

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Face time

Wonderful face time with Al last night. Guided tour of her flat, so exciting. CJ doing the tour of Universities and vacillating about a weekend in Cambridge... Poor Ned, at home with the oldies after that.All change in family life... great fun tho'. Strikes me that better to live vicariously and dine out on their adventures than to brood.
I love technology, fb let me chat with old school chum this am, wish niece Happy Birthday, make friends with a second cousin and share a ridiculous story about an audio book for hens and I haven't even walked the dog yet...

Thursday, 1 August 2013

parental guidance

Glace kid shoes, crossover straps

Heartbroken... baby girl booking flight to Mala-bloody-ga to quote Liz Lochead and Verena.
Only partially heartbroken as I am following Fiona's advice "deep breaths, it's what you wished for her..." but will miss her perspicacity and equanamity. Sod it, off to book flighs to bother her in October.

Sigh, I blame Muzzy and middle class versions of the Tiger mother.

yours ever,
Moira McVitie

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas shopping

Hmm... time to chain myself to computer and work through the list and buy some nonsense for chums and children. PJs, books, tech, wine... All good. No point in skimping, as a wise pt told me "It's not a rehearsal"
Must try not to omit anyone from the list.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

parents' night

It seems like a ritual that could be recorded by Attenborough or an anthropology post grad fresh out of ideas. The smell of school, chalk, bags, cheap paper, cheap perfume and hormones.
Park, run up stairs, our tired features assaulted by strip-lighting. Rows of stools outside the Chemistry lab for parents; big improvement on teeny chairs from Primary School.
Our lovely boy is seen by many others as lovely it seems. Gratified but envious of these teachers that get to share time with him, we drift between classes, trying not to look too relaxed in case other parents realise that our son is so superior to theirs.
Delicious tho' this is, there is sadness brought on by the depletion of vigour in my husband that I am trying, unsuccessfully, to ignore.
We swoop through rainy lanes to the glow of home. Mutton, roast potatoes and mushrooms, buttery broccoli scent the kitchen and we all gather round and munch and laugh.
Eat, drink and be merry...