I finished The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro last night and siiiiiiiiiiighed. Oh, what a beautifully written and subtle book. This is one of those authors that I'm ashamed to not have read sooner. entrenous88? You mentioned one of his books a few weeks ago, and I picked up this one, as I couldn't find the book you were currently reading. I'll confess that it took a while to find the writer's rhythm, but once I understood what he was doing (say, page 20?) I fell in. So wonderfully painful and I found myself embarrassed on behalf of the protagonist and worrying about him like a mother hen at his narrow-mindedness. The way a larger story is told through something as simple as a butler's life is just brilliant. And how we don't know that the steely reserve Mr Stevens believes he is in control of has crumbled until we read the reaction of people around him... Fantastic. I've added the movie to my Netflix queue - again, a bit ashamed that I haven't seen it yet, but there's only so much time in the world, you know?
Next up for my reading is Under the Feet of Jesus, by Helena Maria Viramontes, about first love, migrant workers, and poverty. Oooh, and The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry, yay!!
What are you reading? And why do I want a donut? I have no donuts, and no prospect for GETTING any donuts. *scowls at oatmeal* Oooh, wait! I have Tupelo honey I can add to that, and some dried cranberries! that's no donut, but it's all I have! [/woe]
PS: I am in the mood for new icons. Where are your favorite comms for icons? I have recognized that I do not use LJ to its full potential. I am woefully uninformed as to various comms around here.