Four Stars for “The Secret in Their Eyes”

Four-and-a-half hours sleep!

Self fell asleep with the TV on: she was watching an extremely heartwarming program about a monk who had terrible insomnia. His name was Saint Self-Cannot-Remember, and he spent his days showing visitors around a famous church, and since the only time he had left for prayer was at night, he simply could not spare any moment for sleep. Anyhoo, self thought it was so sweet that the saint’s fellow monks were all worried sick over his insomnia, and kept reminding him that he needed to be fresh for his onerous duties dealing with visitors to the church. In the wee hours of the morning, hubby got up and turned off the TV, and then self woke up.

But, even in sleep-deprived state, self could not refuse an invitation to see a movie! And hubby as usual chose the movie, and it turned out he was very desirous of seeing “The Secret in Their Eyes,” showing in Aquarius. (The movie apparently won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Movie, or so hubby informed self — Since when did Read the rest of this entry »

Paean to Claire Messud

So, a few days ago, self utterly gave up on Absurdistan. Funny thing is, while the novel was set in Russia and New York, she loved it. Once it moved to an imaginary country, self lost all interest.

With great trepidation, she began the next novel on her list, Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children You should read the awful things people are saying about this novel on Amazon.com, dear blog readers! Totally the worst reviews self has read of any book in all the years she’s been reading Amazon reviews.

Granted, Messud’s prose is not without its challenges. Long sentences, glittery and hard-edged. And self long ago gave up trying to keep track of all the characters (Long ago meaning: 30 pages back) But now self is on p. 59 and she’s slowly becoming seduced by this novel, finds herself lingering over (practically) every page.

Amazon.com readers be damned. When self is done with Messud, she’ll write her a brilliant review on Amazon.com. She’d do it now, but it might seem a little brazen of her to do that before she’s actually finished the book.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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