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TW

Giggle! I think I want to read the whole thing with badger commentary all the way through now.

laura Q

is it possible that the stuff about "she was just doing it out of kindness" is the author telling us how she tells it to herself, and we're supposed to know / question that?

badgerbag

In case it wasn't clear - the quotes above were all one paragraph - it's not like I skimmed through the book looking for them.

*eyeroll*

I'm still stunned by how bad and boring it was. I love long, boring, GOOD books very much, too. If only...

It reminds me of hearing a somewhat inept little kid tell you about the "dream" they made up, or recounting the entire plot of a movie, it was so boring. Or the expositions in Balzac novels, which are okay if they are only like 5 pages... "In the town of N--- there lived a young seamstress by the name of Mme. T----, a very beautiful and charming girl who blah blah blah blah blah blah blah and who liked best of all to go skiing in the wintertime with her beloved pet poodle, F---, who was given to her as a present by her long-lost uncle, the former Mayor of the neighboring town." Or something. But for the whole length of the book! Arrrgh! Was that the irony of it all? Is her writing always like that?


badgerbag

LQ: I suppose vaguely, but it's so arch that it was invisible to me and there is never a differentiating stance. The whole book runs along like that.

Besides: beef jerky....

lori

This is Isabel Allende? She is sooo FUCKING precious. Even when she is writing a cookbook, for God's sake.

Jo

Eh, whatever. I liked it!

oursin

how to invent "salted dried meat" for people to use on long journeys

I think he should be talking to the Generic Indians about their Sekkrit Traditional Recipes for Pemmican...

I assume something bad, probably involving honour killing, is going to happen in connection with the gypsy woman.

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